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What exactly is tamanu oil?

Posted by Kelly Ross on


Tamanu Oil.  

Ahh, probably one of my most favorite ingredients.  I use it in TASTYFACE Organics products like crazy - right now in both the coconut vanilla cream cleanser and vanilla mint daily moisturizer, but you will continue to see it show up in soon-to-be-released  products also. 

Why?  It's not quite magic, but close.  I am a huge fan.  Here's the brief story:

Tamanu - Calophyllum inophyllum -  Greek for  "beautiful leaf".  The tamanu tree grows to about 25-30 meters, with long branches, and vibrant, waxy leaves, sweet smelling small white blossoms, and apricot sized fruit with a nut hull inside.  The oil is cultivated from this nut - they are harvested and dried for about a month.  With the drying process, a rich oil emerges, is pressed, and the result is a thick, green, medicinal oil.  Indigenous to Southeast Asia, tamanu has been researched formally since the 30's and the results have been extraordinary.  

Specifically -  tamanu oil appears to be one of THE most cicatrizing agents found in nature.  Cicatrization is essentially, the process of wound healing.  Some of you have noticed accelerated scar and acne healing - this is no coincidence.  Some Pacific Island folk medicine encourages its use to heal cuts, scrapes, burns, acne and acne scars, psoriasis, sunburn, dry or scaly skin, blisters, eczema, to relieve sore throat, and to relieve neuralgia, rheumatism and sciatica.  


Who doesn't have some scarring, acne, redness, etc that could use a little boost of healing?  It's just amazing.  xo.





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