We’ve recently seen a lot more people looking for information – or products that contain – tamanu, as it’s something that’s been mentioned across the web in beauty blogs and articles, and even Dr. Oz has mentioned it. We’d like to take a deeper dive into this ingredient, what it can do, and how you can use it to improve your wellbeing, specifically when it comes to your skin.
What exactly is tamanu?
Tamanu is a type of tree that grows in Southeast Asia and is most commonly found in Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, South India, Sri Lanka, and the Melanesian and Polynesian Islands. The tree itself has a cracked, black bark and shiny leaves. Tamanu nuts (also known as kernels, as they are found inside a fruit born by the tree) can be cured for several months to produce tamanu oil.
What does tamanu oil do?
Tamanu oil has been used for centuries as a natural skincare product, specifically because it can aid in healing wounds faster, plus it can moisturize the skin. As for the science inside tamanu oil, we know for certain that it contains compounds like calophyllolide, an anti-inflammatory, and delta-tocotrienol, a form of vitamin E. It’s been shown to be effective in skin regeneration and healing of damaged skin. It’s also shown to have antimicrobial, antibiotic, antineuralgic, and antioxidant properties.
How can I use tamanu oil?
Tamanu oil has been used for acne, eczema, sunburn, psoriasis, and athlete’s foot, as well as for general skin health and beauty. Many products use tamanu oil as an ingredient to promote healing and regeneration of skin, making it a common aid in reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars. It can also be used for anti-aging skincare.
What are some products that contain tamanu oil?
At OVitaminPro, we carry Guna Tamanu Arnica Cream, which uses tamanu oil and arnica to reduce inflammation naturally and can be applied to the skin for minor abrasions, insect bites, burns, or any minor injury that causes skin irritation or inflammation. We also carry Tamu Oil by Health Concerns, which can also address skin irritation or inflammation with a blend of tamanu oil, avocado oil, and peppermint oil to soothe, cool, and moisturize.
Have you ever used tamanu oil? If so, what was your experience?