Tamanu. What’s That?

If you have ever endured the pain and itch of a skin rash, then it’s time you learned about Tamanu Oil! We are fortunate to live in a time where oils from around the world seem to be at our disposal. The benefits of Tamanu oil have made this exotic oil one of my most trusted beauty products, especially when it comes to less-than-pleasant skin conditions.


Not only has Tamanu oil been researched extensively for its potent healing properties to anything from eczema to leprosy, but it’s also got some pretty unique properties that anyone can enjoy — even if you’re rash free. Tamanu oil contains moisturizing omega fatty acids and it’s well known to promote new, healthy cell growth. Its antimicrobial properties have been compared to the strength of antibiotics and the antioxidant properties are able to prevent sun damage and wrinkles.Tamanu oil comes from the inside kernel of the fruit bloomed by the Tamanu tree, which leads to a pungent, nutty scent and a blue-green color. The oil originates in the South Pacific, where it continues to play an important cultural role.


Here’s a little history;

In the early 1900s, the Western world was briefly introduced to Tamanu oil. Word had spread due to the miracles worked by a French nun — Sister Marie Suzanna — who had used Tamanu oil to treat the symptoms of leprosy, including painful inflammation of the nerves (leprous neuritis).


In 1918, researchers affiliated with the French Pharmacopoeia began investigating tamanu for topical and subcutaneous use. These scientists were immediately impressed by its cicatrizing — or skin regenerating — effects.


The French medical literature of the era contains many records of tamanu’s successful application for severe skin conditions, including one astounding story of an anonymous gangrene patient treated at the St. Louis Hospital in Paris.


When the woman was admitted, she had a gangrenous ulcer on her leg that stubbornly refused to heal. Doctors were sure that amputation was inevitable, but as a last resort they opted to try treatment with tamanu oil dressings first. To their amazement, the dressings worked so well that the wound eventually healed completely leaving only a flat, smooth scar. Amazing!!


Why Tamanu Oil Has Remarkable Healing Power


Tamanu’s benefits are supported by research conducted in the Pacific Islands, Asia, and Europe. And more recently, major breakthroughs in Japan and Canada have illuminated the science behind its amazing success stories.


For example, Japanese researchers at Meijo University found that several isolated chemical compounds in tamanu inhibit skin tumor production. And a Canadian research team at the Université de Sherbrooke discovered that tamanu contains two chemicals called HIV transcriptase inhibitors.


Tamanu oil contains 3 essential classes of lipids: neutral, glyco-, and phospholipids. Additionally, the oil contains 3 unique and novel compounds:

  • Calophyllic acid –a fatty acid unique to tamanu oil
  • Calophyllolide- An anti-inflammatory
  • Lactone – An antibiotic


Along with coumarins — another powerful type of anti-inflammatory agent — these ingredients are the source of the oil’s remarkable healing power.


And we are all in luck because we have Tamanu Oil on our shelves and it’s on sale now!


In Good Health


Haba Mgr


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