Tamanu Oil, also referred to as Foraha Oil and Green Gold, is pressed from the fruit kernel of the Callophyllum inophyllum botanical, better known as the Tamanu Nut Tree. The plant receives its name from the Latin term meaning “beautiful leaf,” hence another popular nickname for the century-old remedy: Beauty Leaf Oil.
In the traditional medicinal practices of the Pacific Islands, Tamanu Oil has been used for centuries to soothe and effectively eliminate various skin conditions, even infectious ones. It was applied topically to soothe scrapes, cuts, burns and sunburns, blisters, scars, stings and bites, dry skin, psoriasis, acne, eczema, and sores. It has also traditionally been used to address body and foot odors as well as nerve irritation.
Polynesian communities discovered the oil’s effectiveness in encouraging the development of newer body tissue and realized that its stimulating property promoted circulation, and these qualities work in conjunction to diminish the look of skin contusions and discoloration. The women of Polynesia began using Tamanu Oil to promote skin health and clarity, even applying it in baby skin care to prevent potential diaper rash and skin conditions in infants.
Due to the research of French scientists, who had revealed their findings about the healing and regenerative properties of Tamanu Oil’s topical applications, the French people had discovered in the early 1900s that it exhibited beneficial qualities for addressing pain and for soothing ailments such as leprosy. In other areas of Europe, Tamanu Oil was used to address not only cuts, wounds, boils, and rashes, but to also soothe chapped and cracked skin, topical allergies, bedsores, infections of the nails, and Athlete’s Foot. Cosmetically, it was also used to diminish the appearance of dark and puffy under-eye circles.
In Indonesia, Tamanu leaves were soaked in water in order to create a solution that was used to calm symptoms of heatstroke and to soothe itchy, watery, and inflamed eyes. In the Philippines, the same elixir was used to pacify hemorrhoids, while the sap of the Tamanu tree was applied as a liniment for wounds, sores, and boils.
Similarly, in northern Papua New Guinea, Tamanu leaves were softened over a fire and the resulting infusions were applied to cuts, blemishes, boils, and sores. The leaves were also made into teas that were intended to promote the elimination of skin rashes. In Jamaica, a specific variety of Tamanu was used to heal wounds and sores, while people of Fiji used Tamanu Oil to further hydrate and soothe chapped lips, diaper rash, joint pains, wounds, and arthritis.
This article highlights the various benefits, therapeutic properties, and safe uses of the highly-valued and world-renowned Tamanu Carrier Oil.
The main chemical constituents of Tamanu Carrier Oil are Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, and Stearic Acid.
LINOLEIC ACIDS (OMEGA-6) are known to:
OLEIC ACIDS (OMEGA-9) are known to:
PALMITIC ACID is known to:
STEARIC ACID is known to:
Used topically, Tamanu Carrier Oil’s thick, luxurious, and conditioning viscosity penetrates the skin at an average speed, gently yet effectively restoring skin health by facilitating the growth of newer skin that looks smoother and feels softer. It is reputed to soothe, repair, and diminish redness, scars, stretch marks, and irritation, such as itchiness, dryness, and peeling, while preventing blemishes from forming. Its protective properties make it ideal for use before and after spending time outdoors, as it works effectively year-round to protect the skin from dryness and roughness caused by the sun and the wind as well as other harsh effects of the elements. Being mild and having a soft, enjoyable fragrance, Tamanu Carrier Oil can be used several times throughout the day on all skin types.
Used in hair, Tamanu Oil’s nourishing and conditioning qualities are known to encourage stronger, longer, and healthier hair growth, address hair loss, hydrate the strands, bring out hair’s natural sheen, and help with easier manageability. Furthermore, it works to soothe inflammation and eliminate fungal infections on the scalp.
Used medicinally, Tamanu Carrier Oil works to reduce acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis,
scarring, ulcers, dryness, itchiness, scaly skin, body odor, fungal infections, rashes, sores, swelling, age spots, sunburn, stretch marks, cellulite, sciatica, rosacea, and foot odor. In addition, it soothes fissures, chilblains, rheumatism, shingles, Athlete’s Foot, scrapes, cuts, sores, boils, insect bites and stings, severe burns, neuralgia, gout, and dermatophytosis that may occur in the beard or on the scalp.
Its potent therapeutic properties make Tamanu Oil ideal for use in natural remedies that also address sore throats through massage or aromatherapy.
The cicatrization effect of Tamanu Oil is known to accelerate the growth of healthy new tissue, thereby facilitating the healing of wounds, and its antioxidant property promotes a rejuvenated appearance by smoothing the look of wrinkles. By enhancing circulation, Tamanu Oil prevents and diminishes the appearance of bruises, and its anti-bacterial properties make it valuable for hygiene practices and for addressing dermatitis, infections psoriasis, skin rashes, and body odors.
As illustrated, Tamanu Carrier Oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:
Used in cosmetic and topical applications, Tamanu Carrier Oil can be applied directly to the face to diminish acne marks, scars, age spots, and fine lines and wrinkles. It can also be used as a makeup primer that allows cosmetics to last longer on the skin. When regularly applied directly to deep and painful cystic acne breakouts, Tamanu Oil also works as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory spot treatment that regulates skin’s oil production and helps promote the skin’s clarity.
For a homemade facial treatment that works as a hydrating and rejuvenating mask, simply combine the following in a small bowl: 1 Tbsp. Tamanu Carrier Oil, 1 Tbsp. Raw Organic Honey, and ¼ Avocado. Next, thoroughly mash all the ingredients together and apply the rejuvenating mask in a thick layer on the face. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. This mask is reputed to reveal healthier skin that looks and feels silkier.
Tamanu Oil can be used to make a natural exfoliating facial scrub by first mixing the following in a bowl with either the fingers or with a spoon: 1-2 Tbsp. Tamanu Oil and 3 Tbsp. sugar or salt granules. Next, cleanse the face with warm water, then using the fingertips gently massage the exfoliating mixture into the entire face, avoiding the sensitive eye area. Continue massaging it in for a minimum of 90 seconds and a maximum of 2 minutes. To clean it off, either splash the face with warm water or use a warm, wet washcloth to wipe off the exfoliant. For optimal results, this exfoliating routine can be repeated 3 times a week for skin that looks brighter, cleaner, and softer.
For a simpler facial serum with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects for acne-prone skin, simply combine the following oils: 4 tsp Tamanu Carrier Oil, 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 2 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil. Gently massage the blend into the face and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off. To soothe razor burn and to address in-grown hairs, substitute Tea Tree Essential Oil for
4 drops Chamomile Essential Oil and 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil. This blend is known to have an anti-inflammatory and anti-itch effect that calms irritation, such as bumps and rashes.
For a moisturizing oil blend that is reputed to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, combine 8 tsp Tamanu Carrier Oil and 4 drops each of the following essential oils: Myrrh, Lavender, Frankincense, and
Cedarwood. Massage the blend into the affected areas regularly for 3 months to promote the fading of unwanted marks and blemishes. For a blend that will diminish the appearance of scars that are more stubborn, thoroughly combine the following oils: 4 tsp Tamanu Carrier Oil and 2 drops each of the following essential oils: Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Geranium, and Rose Absolute. Apply this blend directly to the affected areas.
For a simple way of making hair more manageable by smoothing down errant strands, simply rub 2 drops of Tamanu Oil between the fingertips and smooth it down over the broken hairs that stray from the normal hairdo.
For a conditioning Tamanu Oil hair treatment that can be applied to the scalp and hair before a wash, simply apply 5-10 drops of the oil to the scalp and comb it down through the strands down to the ends. Leave it in for 10-15 minutes before showering in order to allow the oil’s hydration to take effect. This also allows it to penetrate the hair shaft to create a protective barrier against the potentially harsh effects of shampoo and water. After the shower, hair will be left feeling smoother and softer and will thus be more manageable. For optimal results, this hair regimen can be repeated 1 or 2 times each week.
For a nourishing Tamanu Oil hair treatment, that enhances hair growth and restores the hair’s luster, thoroughly mix 2 Tbsp. Tamanu Carrier Oil, 2 Tbsp. Castor Carrier Oil, 1 Tbsp. Coconut Carrier Oil, 4 drops Rosemary Essential Oil, 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 4 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil, 4 drops Thyme Essential Oil, and 2 drops Geranium Essential Oil. Next, transfer the blend to a 120 ml (4 oz.) dark glass dropper bottle. Cap and shake the bottle well, then apply this serum to the hair and leave it on as an overnight mask. This hair treatment regimen can be repeated once every week.
For an anti-fungal hair and scalp treatment, thoroughly combine 1 Tbsp. Tamanu Carrier Oil, 3 drops Thyme Essential Oil, and 3 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil, then massage the blend gently into the scalp. Cover the hair with a shower cap for 1-2 hours to allow the blend to thoroughly soak into the scalp and hair. Rinse the hair well with a mild natural shampoo that also has anti-fungal properties.
Used in medicinal applications, Tamanu’s anti-bacterial properties make it beneficial for use in dealing with fungal infections. To address foot fungus, such as Athlete’s Foot, simply apply a thin layer of Tamanu Oil directly to the feet at night before bed. For an anti-bacterial blend that is known to soothe abrasions and facilitate their healing, thoroughly combine 4 tsp Tamanu Carrier Oil with 3 drops each of the following essential oils: Lavender, Rosemary, and Myrrh. Simply apply the blend directly to the abrasions, massaging lightly.
To soothe and eliminate rashes, such as those caused by contact with Poison Ivy, simply combine 4 tsp Tamanu Carrier Oil with 2 drops each of the following essential oils: Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, and Tea Tree. This combination makes an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory blend that has the added benefit of soothing itches.
For a natural, fast-absorbing, antioxidant body oil that hydrates dry skin and promotes the regeneration of new skin, combine 4 tsp Tamanu Carrier Oil, 4 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil, 3 drops Chamomile Essential Oil, and 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil. This moisturizer can be applied to any areas of skin affected by dryness and flaking, including the feet, elbows, and face.
To minimize the inflammation and tenderness that is characteristic of Rosacea, which unfortunately does not have a cure, simply combine the following oils thoroughly: 4 tsp Tamanu Carrier Oil, 3 drops Chamomile Essential Oil, 2 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil, and 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Gently massage this blend into the affected areas to reduce the appearance of bumps, swelling, and redness caused by Rosacea.
For a moisturizing, anti-oxidant blend that alleviates the discomforts of eczema and psoriasis, such as itchiness and inflammation, combine 4 tsp Tamanu Carrier Oil with the following: 2 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 2 drops Thyme Essential Oil, 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil, and 1 drop Tea Tree Essential Oil.
For an anti-inflammatory massage blend that soothes the joint discomforts of arthritis, combine 4 tsp Tamanu Carrier Oil with 3 drops each of the following essential oils: Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Ginger. Massage this warming and stimulating blend into the affected areas.
To soothe sunburned skin, Tamanu Oil can be applied directly to the affected skin. It is reputed to be superior to Aloe Vera gel in terms of its anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic properties as well as its cooling and anesthetic effects.
TAMANU CARRIER OIL - VIRGIN (MADAGASCAR)
Botanical Name: Calophyllum inophyllum
Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Cold pressed from kernels
Country of Origin: Madagascar
TAMANU CARRIER OIL - VIRGIN (VIETNAM)
Botanical Name: Calophyllum inophyllum
Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Cold pressed from kernels
Country of Origin: Vietnam
As with all other New Directions Aromatics products, Tamanu Carrier Oil is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Tamanu Carrier Oil without the medical advice of a physician, as it may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.
Those with the following health conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: cancer, heart-related ailments, skin disorders, or hormone-related ailments. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use. Tamanu Oil should not be applied to open wounds or broken skin, as this may facilitate the oil’s penetration into the body in concentrations that may be toxic.
Prior to using Tamanu Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by applying a dime-size amount of this oil to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Tamanu Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Tamanu Oil include redness, itchiness, irritation, or other sensitization to the skin.
Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this Carrier oil as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use. Those with nut allergies should not use Tamanu Oil.