Tamanu Oil

Tamanu oil.....The Tamanu is a large tropical tree native to Polynesia and Southeast Asia. You’ll also find the Tamanu tree in the Melanesian islands, Southern India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar.

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The botanical name for the Tamanu tree is Calophyllum Inophyllum. It’s in the Clusiaceae family, the same family as the Purple Mangosteen. It's also commonly called ballnut, Beach Calophyllum, Borneo Mahogany, or confusingly, Alexandrian Laurel (it’s not a laurel and shouldn’t be confused with the small shrub Danae racemosa which is also known as Alexandrian Laurel). The tree usually reaches a height of 26 to 66 feet tall. Flowering usually occurs in two distinct periods, late spring and late autumn, with fragrant white flowers. The fruit (ballnut) is a round green drupe.

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Chinese and Tahitian traditional medicine uses this oil for abrasions, acne, anal fissures, blisters, burns (boiling water, sun, x-rays), cuts, diabetic ulcers, dry skin, eczema, herpes simplex HSV-1 (cold sores), insect bites and stings, psoriasis, scars, sore throat (by applying it to the neck), foot and body odor, muscle pain, shingles pain, leprous neuritis (inflammation associated with leprosy) pain, and rheumatological etiologies.

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Animal studies shown tamanu oil to be an effective antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral.

It can be applied directly to your skin, undiluted. There are no reports of adverse effects from topical use. There have been however, limited clinical studies in humans about safety and effectiveness. Also, there have been no studies in children under 12 years old and teenagers 13-17 years old; therefore, isn’t recommended.

It shouldn’t be used if you have had an allergic reaction resulting in allergic dermatitis.

It may increase prothrombin time (bleeding time). So if you are taking drugs that increase bleeding or anti-platelet drugs you should not use this oil.

If you are taking drugs that cause drowsiness it may increase drowsiness because it contains xanthone compounds.


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If the oil is used with some herbs and supplements your risk of bleeding may increase.

There have been no scientific studies on pregnant or nursing mothers so it’s not recommended.

The fatty acid profile of tamanu oil is 38.3% Oleic acid, 13.4% Palmitic acid, 31.1% Linoleic acid, 0.3% Linolenic acid and 13.3% Stearic acid.

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