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WHAT IS TAMANU OIL OR CALOPHYLLUM INOPHYLLUM SEED OIL?

Cold Pressed Tamanu Oil

Tamanu Oil is its most common name and the scientific name for it is Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil. However it is also known as Tamanu Nut Oil, Calophyllum Tacamahaca Seed Oil, Kamani Oil, Bitaog Oil, Dilo Oil or Dilo Nut Oil, Nyamplung Oil, Fetau Oil, Kamanu Oil, Alexandrian Laurel Oil, Foraha Oil, Beauty Leaf Oil, Domba Oil, Undi Oil, Punna, Punnaga Oil or Punna Oil, Pinnay Oil, Poon Oil, Daok Oil, Ballnut Tree Oil or Ballnut Oil, Mu u Oil and Beach Calophyllum oil.

Research studies on Tamanu Oil reveal conclusively that it is a unique skin healing and anti-aging agent that works fast and effectively to repair skin damage by stimulating the growth of healthy, new skin cells. The remarkable skin benefits of Tamanu Oil extend to the treatment and or prevention of everyday skin conditions that conventional medications just can't compete with. Tamanu Oil benefits are wide and far-reaching from acne and acne scars to burns, general scarring, skin rashes, psoriasis, eczema, dematitis throiugh to the removal, reduction and/or prevetion of age spots, stretch marks to water warts and more.

Tamanu Oil is produced from the nut kernels of the Tamanu Tree. Its scientific name is Calophyllum Inophyllum – an evergreen tree and a member of the Mangosteen Family. This tree is actually indigenous to the tropical areas of South East Asia but it especially flourishes in tropical countries such as the exotic Melanesian islands of Vanuatu. It can also be found in parts of Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand and even Southern India but be very careful about the quality of the oil as it is often lacking due to the fact that it is not 100% Tamanu Oil or even if it is, it is unlikely to match the quality of Vanuatu Tamanu Oil.

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The Tamanu Tree has been known by many names. For example, in Vanuatu, the tree is also known as “Nambagura”. In Fiji, it is called “Dilo” or “Dolno”, “Ati” in Tahiti, “Fetau” in Samoa, “Funa” in the Maldives and “Kamani” in Hawaii.

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While the Tamanu Tree can grow inland, it prefers salty, sandy soil, with the result that it tends to grow profusely near the sea. The native Melanesian people of Vanuatu claim that the best quality virgin Tamanu Oil comes from the trees that grow near coastal areas, rather than from those that grow inland.

While the tree is slow-growing, it can grow up to 30 meters in height. The trunk is usually covered in dark, cracked bark while the leaves are elongated and glossy. Small, sweet-smelling white flowers (with a yellow center) are produced twice yearly.

These flowers then give way to clusters of fruit. These start out green but turn a yellowy color as they mature. Inside this thin, fleshy fruit (which is inedible) is the Tamanu Nut (sometimes called “Punnai”).

The fruit is allowed to fall naturally from the tree. The pale-colored nut kernels are then laid out on racks to cure for 6-8 weeks. During this process, these kernels turn a brownish-red color and release a strong, rich oil.

The Tamanu Oil is then extracted by cold-pressing and filtration. It takes a great many nuts to produce even a small quantity of oil – in fact, four trees will generally yield approximately 20 Liters of “pure” Tamanu Oil, depending on the size and yield of the trees!


This low-yield ratio is the primary reason for the relatively high cost of Tamanu Oil. However, don't be fooled by companies pretending to sell pure Tamanu Oil. Many of these companies may well use pure Tamanu Oil but then dilute it with other ingredients such as Olive Oil! In the picture (below left), you can see the round, green fruit of the Tamanu Nut Tree. After it falls naturally to the ground it changes to a darkish color. If you crack the fruit you see the white, almost round shape of the nut kernel inside. Then as the nut cures (not, it is not dried as some claim) you see it breaking down with the oil forming and beginning to come out. This is the time to cold press the oil from the nuts.

Tamanu Nuts Benefits of Tamanu Oil Tamanu Oil Benefits

Apart from its ability to promote and speed up the healing process, this extraordinary, healing agent also possesses antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Tamanu Oil is not to be ingested but should be applied topically (directly onto the the skin).

Initially, it may be necessary to apply the oil 3 or 4 times a day and then drop it back as the problem begins to heal. Once applied, massage in. The oil will absorb readily into the skin, without leaving any oily residue.

Routine: Pure Tamanu Oil is both antibacterial and anti fungal. So, if you are applying Tamanu Oil as a "spot treatment" and you are away from home (at work for example) just use the our Tamanu Oil 15ml Roll On (see our Tamanu Oil Products range) directly onto the skin by simply rolling it on. However, when at home, always wash your hands and the affected area with a natural, unscented soap. Wash off and pat dry. Now apply 3 or 4 drops of Tamanu Oil by gently rubbing it onto the skin. If you are wanting to treat around the eye area then we recommend that you use the Volcanic Earth Eye Cream With Tamanu Oil (see our Facial Care range) rather than straight Tamanu Oil.

SHELF LIFE: Pure 100% organic Tamanu Oil has a shelf life of at least 2 years and as high as 5 years. It prefers to be stored at room temperature or even a bit hotter but avoid very high temperatures as this may reduce the shelf life of the oil. 100% Tamanu Oil should havea dark green color which may vary slightly depending on the variety. However, be wary of yellowish-colored oil as this usually means it has been tampered with either through mixing with other oils or due to some type of refining process. Tamanu Oil has a tendency tends to separate if temperatures get too cold. This is the fatty acid content Should this occur we suggest you give it a good shake and then place it in the sun or in some hot, simmering water. You could also try putting it in the microwave but just remember that it is an oil!

As mentioned above, Tamanu Oil DOES NOT need to be diluted with Olive Oil or any other oil. Don’t be fooled by companies who sell you Tamanu Oil (at Tamanu Oil prices) but where it’s really 50% Tamanu Oil and 50% Olive Oil! Pure or light olive oil is likely to be chemically processed whereas Tamanu Oil is “naturally derived”, so why chance contaminating it with some inferior oil?

If you are paying for 100% Tamanu Oil, make sure that is what you are actually getting. Any supplier who puts “profits” before the “benefits to the customer” is a supplier you don’t need.

 

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