12 April 2012

Quick Tips ~ Tamanu Oil

Properties to heal and restore naturally

There is so much to share about his little but incredible fruit. I hope you have a pencil and notebook ready!!

Although gaining greater popularity in the Western world a couple years ago thanks to one of Dr. Oz's shows, Tamanu oil (or Kamani oil) is a traditional salve and remedy in Southeast Asia and Polynesia. The tree grows rather freely along the sandy beaches in many of the countries in those regions. Tamanu oil is extracted via coldpress method from the nut of the Tamanu Tree (Calophyllum inophyllum) and the liquid itself is greenish-yellow in colour, very similar to olive oil. Its lovely white blossoms are known for giving off a sweet aroma!

The Tamanu Tree showing some ripened fruit (yellow)

Interesting info on Tamanu oil 
  • It's high in Oleic and Linoleic fatty acids
  • Oleic fatty acids repair damaged skin cells and tissue, reduces the inflammation of joints
  • Studies show that Linoleic acids form a healthy skin barrier to protect against toxins, bacteria, germs and the like. The acids also become engaged in the fight against acne and dermatitis and act as an anti-inflammatory. They soothe the itchy, scaly areas of skin
  • This oil fosters skin and cell regeneration after bruises and burns
  • It also nourishes and moisturizes dry skin
  • It's analgesic properties mean it is able to help in easing arthritic pains, ligament damage
  • Can also be used on cats and dogs

What is Tamanu oil used for?
With the facts above outlining some of the oil's properties, it should be easier to understand why Tamanu oil works the way it does. Traditionally, Kamani oil is known to soothe and heal (among other things):
  • neuralgia, shingles, joint pains and arthritis, rheumatism, gout, ringworms

In present day, it is used to treat such conditions as:
  • acne, eczema, psoriasis, age spots
  • reduces swelling
  • cuts, bruises and severe burns
  • rashes including diaper rashes on babies and infants
  • insect bites

Tamanu oil is quickly and easily absorbed into the skin as it penetrates all three of its layers. It is advised to first test the oil on a small area of skin before applying to larger areas. In addition, try to use 100% pure Tamanu oil when treating skin conditions like age spots.

With the new knowledge acquired about this incredible gift from nature, be sure to check the ingredients of your skin care products to see if you are benefiting from Tamanu oil. It surely is one oil worth having in the medicine cabinet or your home's first aid kit.

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