All About: Tamanu Oil

Welcome to the first in our ‘All About’ series, where we take a look at some of the amazing natural ingredients available out there.

So many of the ‘new and exciting’ natural ingredients we hear about actually aren’t new…but they are exciting. As conventional science begins to study traditional remedies, they are finding a plethora of quantifiable benefits. This is particularly true of Tamanu Oil.

The evergreen tree with fragrant white flowers that produces the oil is native to the tropics, although it can be found in Africa and North America as well today. Known as Alexandrian Laurel, Borneo Mahogany, Beautyleaf, Doomba, Tamanu, Kamanu, and Faraha among other names, it produces oblong fruits approximately 2 inches long. The kernel of this fruit is dried on a rack and then mechanically pressed to produce a thick, rich, deep green oil with a pleasantly nutty smell. This is a fixed, or carrier oil and absorbs into the skin completely and leaves no residue.

While the oil has traditionally been used topically to treat burns, scars, and infected wounds, until 2015 there had not been many studies done to verify these claims. The 2015 study verified that Tamanu Oil did in fact cause wounds to heal 1.3 to 2.1 times faster, and was also effective against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria. Not only that, but it was effective at dilutions below 1%.

So what does that mean for us? Well, it means that products containing Tamanu Oil are ideal for wounded or problematic skin. Chapping, minor cuts and burns, acne, and irritated or inflamed skin can all benefit. In addition, its natural anti-bacterial properties make it an excellent addition to deodorants.

Have you ever used Tamanu Oil? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

Sources:  The Wound Healing and Antibacterial Activity of Five Ethnomedical Calophyllum inophyllum Oils: An Alternative Therapeutic Strategy to Treat Infected Wounds https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4583440/ 

Oil of Tamanu:  http://www.medicinehunter.com/tamanu

Power of the Seed by Susan M. Parker                                                                                            

Modern Cosmetics Ingredients of Natural Origin A Scientific View Volume 1                                

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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