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Tamanu oil is referred to by many other names with the most common being foraha oil. It’s derived from the nuts of the Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu nut tree), which is found in East Africa, parts of Asia, Australia, Melanesian and Polynesian islands. Tamanu was used in many ways traditionally in Indonesia, Philippines. Jamaica & Papau New Guinea, mostly to resolve skin issues.
The tree produces clusters of sphere-shaped green fruit inside which the nuts are found. The nuts are extracted and dried in the sun for 8 weeks until it becomes sticky with a pleasant smelling oil. The nuts are then cold pressed for the greenish-yellow oil. The smell of tamanu oil is quite pungent; similar to mustard seed oil and is inedible. However, it is a key component in skin care products especially for oily skin.
Tamanu oil has been hyped as an excellent treatment for damaged skin with anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antibiotic and antioxidant properties, as well as anti-cancer agents. This also makes it an excellent oil for scalp conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Additionally, research has shown the successful use of tamanu oil for healing severe skin conditions.
3 Ways to Use Tamanu Oil on Damaged Skin
- Apply tamanu oil 2 – 3 times a day to scars caused by scrapes, burns, rashes and other skin conditions. It should begin to lighten and gently fade them away.
- Tamanu oil contains xanthones and coumarins, which are effective inhibitors to free radical damage. Consider including it in making your own natural sunscreens with oils.
- If you have puffy eyes and under eye circles, dab 1 – 2 drops of tamanu oil under your eyes before going to bed everyday. Alternatively, add a few drops to your undereye cream. I recommend Make Up Artist’s Choice Transforming Anti Aging Eye Repair or Himalaya Herbals Undereye Cream.
3 Ways to Protect Skin with Tamanu Oil
- Apply tamanu oil to your skin while pregnant to prevent stretch marks from occurring.
- Mix a few drops of tamanu oil with your on the go hand cream. Apply several times a day for smooth youthful looking hands.
- Add tamanu oil to your regular daily body butter. If you use tamanu oil, don’t add anything else to your body butter.
Tamanu oil might appear greasy initially but absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving behind a clean surface. In most cases, a few drops is all you need ensuring a bottle will last for a long time. Think the same amount of argan oil you use. Using more will not make it more effective and could possibly irritate your skin.