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Tamanu Oil / A True Gift for Healing

Tamanu Oil /  A True Gift for Healing
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There are many challenges people living in illness face on a daily basis.  It is hard for anyone not having experienced it to truly understand the many layers of feelings associated with coping each day.  It is easy for others to dismiss what they would consider an insignificant concern, like skin care.  After all, isn’t survival the most important agenda when you are sick?


The answer isn’t as easy as one might think.  Of course everyone has an instinctual nature to survive, but isn’t there more to life than just survival.  As a living breathing human being, people also have an evolved desire to thrive. 


So, sick or not, people want to feel and look good.  Concern over how you feel is extremely important.  Feeling good creates positive energy that lifts your overall sense of well being, which in return decreases your stress load, and allows your body to physically heal. 


Skin can often suffer as a result of a side effect from medicines, underlying conditions and diseases, or general stress from being ill.  It is so hard to garner the energy to face another day when you look in the mirror and the tell tale signs of illness stare back at you.  The cosmetic industry does a great job of marketing to the “normal” person in order to feel sexy and wonderful, but that same tactic doesn’t work for someone who is sick.


The skin care needs of the chronically ill must address more than just sex appeal, they need to have real healing benefits and not contain contaminants that are capable of doing harm.  The problem is sorting through the many claims and ingredients to find the truth in skin care. 




An excellent rule of thumb is to trust in nature.  Most of what the pharmaceutical industry has derived into modern medicine stems from a naturally occurring substance that was evolved into a more complex chemical compound.   When you start reading about the plentiful sources of healing nature has provided for us, it makes sense to go back to the source for healing ourselves.


One of natures greatest skin care miracles are the oils it provides.  Of these oils, Tamanu Oil stands out as an amazing source of healing.  Known in the ancient cultures of the Melanesian people of Vanuatu as the “Sacred Tamanu Tree” and “Green Gold”, this oil has been used for its curative and regenerative properties of the skin since ancient times.


The Tamanu nut is the source for harvesting Tamanu Oil.  When done in accordance with nature, by allowing the nut to cure for 6-8 weeks, the oil can be extracted through cold pressing.  This process can not be rushed and the final purity of the product depends greatly on adherence to the proper extraction methods without having to use any chemical additives for extraction. 


Tamanu Oil is a natural acne treatment, psoriasis treatment, and eczema treatment.  It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-aging treatment.  It creates a healthy glow to skin complexion and can be used to treat a multitude of skin conditions.  Below is a list of the conditions that can aided by through the use of Tamanu Oil: 

  • Acne, acne scars, pimples
  • Ulcers, boils, scrapes, sores and cuts
  • Skin blemishes and rashes
  • Dermaphytosis of the scalp or beard
  • General Itching,
  • Bruising
  • Burns, insect bites, stings
  • Psoriasis
  • Anti aging agent
  • Foot odor / body odor
  • Chilblains, Anal Fissures, Ring Worm,
  • Infected wounds, general swelling
  • Skin abrasions
  • Lick granulomas in dogs, hot spots
  • Toenail fungus
  • Razor burns
  • Chapped skin, scabs, blisters
  • Stretch marks
  • General scars
  • Sciatica
  • Rheumatism
  • Shingles
  • Dry scaly skin
  • Diabetic Sores
  • Neuralgia
  • Eczema and Dermatitis
  • Herpes sores
  • Pain relief
  • Vaginitis
  • Age spots
  • Warts
  • Poison Ivy
  • Sunburn
  • Ulcerated skin lesions
  • Post-surgical wounds
  • Breast cracks
  • Radio dermatitis ( ulcerations due to X-rays)


The inevitable question is how does it work?  When we use any product on our skin we put that product onto the top layer called the epidermis, often times, products just sit on this layer without being able to penetrate it or go into the deeper layers of the skin.  By contrast, Tamanu Oil is able to penetrate through all three layers of the skin: epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis.  This penetration allows the properties in the oil to distribute and heal in a meaningful way.   Of course the best way to explore all of the benefits of Tamanu Oil is to experience them.  All the talk and science in the world can’t replace individual experiences when it comes to something as personal as skin care.  When people in my yoga class would argue with guriji and ask why we had to do certain asanas in a specific order, our guru would say, “Does it work?”   We would all sigh and nod yes.  So I have found, that if something works, then the details behind why aren’t nearly as important as the fact that it does actually work.  To find out more on the science behind why Tamanu Oil works as well as it does, please read on, to purchase pure Tamanu Oil from our Holistic Products page,  click here.

Although Tamanu Oil and its many uses are less widely in the U.S., there has been much research and use of its medicinal properties throughout the rest of the world. 


Cicatrization:   Tamanu Oil applied to wounds has the ability to promote formation of new tissue which in return heals wounds and accelerates the growth of healthy new skin.    Regenerating effect on the epidermis cells, wound healing (burns, cuts, cracks, scars...) Microna laboratory feb. 2003 - N°03/0607i
Scars:  Tamanu Oil has been shown to improve the appearance of scars from both a visual and quantitative perspective.  Improves the appearance of aged scars (1 year or older) Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists Annual Congress, Hamilton Island 2003
Anti-Inflammatory:  Tamanu Oil contains 4 phenylcoumarin calophyllolide as well as a group of xanthones which all show anti-inflammatory activity.  anti acne, anti septic (Phytochemistry. 2004 Oct;65(20):2789-95), anti inflammatory (ABICH oct.2005 - REL/244/05/FUNZ/ELB)
Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal: Tamanu Oil has been tested for and demonstrated anti-bacterial, anti-fungal  and anti-viral properties.  These antimicrobial phytochemical agents include; friedelin, canophyllol, canophyllicacid and inophynon.  anti viral (Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 1998 Dec 15;8(24):3475-8) & (Med Res Rev. 2000 Sep;20(5):323-49), 7.antibiotic, anti-coagulative, fungal inhibitor (Yao Xue Xue Bao. 2004 Apr;39(4):305-8)and antibacterial effects (Microna laboratory oct.2002 - °02/4500i) & (Indian J Exp Biol. 1970 Jan;8(1):39-40).
 Antioxidant:  Xanthones and coumarins in Tamanu Oil have been shown to have antioxidant properties, specifically inhibiting lipid peroxidation.  The antioxidant activity of Tamanu Oil helps to protect skin cells from damage since cell membranes are made of lipids.  The Calophyllic Acid in Tamanu Oil is what is believed to be responsible for the regeneration of new skin tissue. The fatty acid and high levels of antioxidants are what can account for Tamanu Oil as an effective, natural anti-aging agent.  moisturising, nourishing and repairing (epidermal cells) effect on the skin (dry and damaged skin, wrinkles, anti ageing...) Microna laboratory feb.2003 - N°03/0607i
WARNING: Avoid buying Tamanu Oil from anyone or any company that claims that any signs of deposits, deep dark green color and strong smell are signs of the active ingredients deteriorating making its effectiveness less beneficial for your skin. This is completely and utterly untrue. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Pure Tamanu Oil should be dark green in color and have a strong aroma. These are its natural attributes and very much a part of the essential goodness and effectiveness of high grade Tamanu Oil.

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