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TAMANU HERBAL DESCRIPTION
TAMANU TREE & FRUIT
Tamanu oilís botanical name is Calophyllum tacamahaca and/or Calophyllum Inophyllum - but it has been called everything from Alexandrian Laurel to Pannay Tree to Sweet Scented Calophyllum, and in London it was once sold as Borneo Mahogany. Tamanu oil is a remarkable topical healing agent with skin healing, antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic and antioxidant properties.
The Tamanu tree is indigenous to tropical Southeast Asia; it is found in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, South India, Sri Lanka, and the Melanesian and Polynesian islands. It is grows up to three meters tall, sporting cracked, black bark and elliptical, shiny leaves. The Tamanu tree blooms twice annually with fragrant, white flowers, which later yield clusters of yellow-skinned spherical fruit. The fruit's pulp tastes similar to an apple, within which a large nut is embedded. The nut contains an odorless pale kernel, called punnai in some Pacific areas. This kernel is dried in the sun for two months until it becomes sticky with a dark, thick, rich oil; it must be protected from humidity and rain during drying. This sticky oil is cold-pressed to make a greenish yellow oil similar to olive oil. To put this spectacular oil into perspective, and to further justify its relatively high cost, It takes 100 kilograms of Tamanu fruit, the amount that one tree produces annually, to yield just 5 kilograms of cold pressed oil! Natives believed the Tamanu tree was a sacred gift of nature and that gods hid in its branches. It was their answer to skin protection from hot sun, high humidity and ocean wind.
In the late 1930ís, a Fijiian missionary used Tamanu oil to make ethyl ether for use as an intra-muscular injection to relieve the pain and symptoms of leprous neuritis. By the Second World War it was common practice to use this oil as a treatment for sciatica and shingles. It was also used as a dressing for serious wounds such as the kind caused by accidents, illness, or surgical procedures, and diabetic sores, psoriasis, herpes, and hemorrhoids.
Tamanu oil contains oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid and linolenic acid which all have healing and emollient properties. Tamanu oil has antiseptic qualities as well. Today Tamanu oil is used as a treatment for nappy rash, insect stings, cuts, and athletes foot. It is also used to treat ingrown or infected nails and blisters. Tamanu oil also works on head lice, dandruff and acne, and it soothes dry or scaly skin. It relieves burns and sunburn and helps prevent body odors. Elderly people often bruise easily due to thinning of the skin in their advanced years - daily frequent applications (4 or 5 times per day) of Tamanu oil will aid in rapid healing of bruising over a 2 week period.
TAMANU OIL USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
CURRENT & TRADITIONAL USE ACROSS THE GLOBE
Indonesians soak the leaf in water; the resulting blue solution is applied to inflamed eyes or taken internally for heatstroke. It is used as an astringent for hemorrhoids in Philippines. The Manus of Papua New Guinea heat leaves over a fire until they soften, then apply them to skin ulcers, boils, cuts, sores and pimples. On Dobu Island, leaves are boiled, and the resulting solution is used to wash skin rashes.
In the Philippines, the sap is mixed with sulfur to create an ointment for boils, open sores and wounds. In the 18th century, native Jamaicans used a similar species for wounds and sores.
Fiji natives use Tamanu oil for joint pains, arthritis, bruises, oozing wounds, chapped lips and preventing diaper rash. In most south sea islands it is utilized as an analgesic for sciatica, rheumatism and ulcers.
Pacific islanders apply Tamanu oil to scrapes, cuts, burns, insect bites and stings, acne and acne scars, psoriasis, diabetic sores, anal fissures, sunburn, dry or scaly skin, blisters, eczema, diaper rash, herpes sores and even to reduce foot and body odor.
In Europe, sometimes called Domba oil, it has a 70 to 75 percent success rate in alleviating rheumatism and scabies. It is also effective on gout and ringworm. It can be applied to mucous membrane lesions. It heals chapped skin, post-surgical wounds, skin allergies, cracked skin, bed sores, wounds, rashes, abrasions, athlete's foot, boils, and infected nails.
Tamanu has even healed severe burns caused by boiling water, chemicals and X-rays. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce rashes, sores, swelling and abrasions.
Tamanu oil promotes new tissue formation, accelerating healing and healthy skin growth.
Tamanu oil reputedly relieves a sore throat when it is applied to the neck. Its pain-relieving properties have also been used traditionally to relieve neuralgia, shingles and believe it or not, leprous neuritis! In the 1920s, Sister Marie-Suzanne, a nun stationed in Fiji, topically applied Tamanu oil to leprosy victims with positive results.
TAMANU OIL PROFILE
Botanical Name: Calophyllum Inophyllum Origin: Vietnam Extraction: Cold Pressed / Unrefined Shelf Life: 2 Years Recommended Kosher Certified: No Notes: Stores well under any condition but extreme heat will lessen the shelf life. Our Tamanu oil has a rich, deep scent with a bold dark color and because of this it may alter the color and aroma of your cosmetic creations. Can be used directly on the skin or diluted with a suitable carrier oil. While the internal uses for Tamanu have been documented, the material offered by Mountain Rose Herbs was manufactured for external use only.
Color- Dark Green
Odor- Heavy, fatty and odoriferous
Free Fatty Acids- 0%
Peroxide Value- 0.68
Saponification Value- 194
Iodine Value- 84.1
Specific Gravity- 0.91
The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs regarding their products. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description.
MORE POWERFUL THAN AN ANTIBIOTIC
Tamanu oil possesses significant antimicrobial qualities, as proven in antibacterial and antifungal tests. It contains powerful bactericide and fungicide agents that defeat human and animal pathogens. Tamanu can be applied directly to skin, undiluted. There are no reports of adverse effects from topical application. Tamanu oil has also compared favorably against antibiotics in alleviating these maladies:
- Bladder infections.
- Wound infections.
- The cause of diphtheria.
- Infected burns.
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- The cause of Madura Foot, which causes the foot's skin to swell and split.
- Jock itch.
- Athlete's foot.
- Treatment for scars.
Tamanu oil fades stretch marks with incredible results. It also works miracles on scar tissue, making scars look less unsightly. BioScience Laboratories conducted a study of Tamanu oilís ability to improve the appearance of scars. Six subjects with obvious scars aged for one year or more participated in the test. Subjects were not allowed to use moisturizers on their scarred areas for seven days before the test or throughout the nine-week test period. Scars were rated for roughness, length, width and degree of difference from surrounding normal skin. Measurements of darkness and redness were also taken for scarred and surrounding normal skin. Digital photos of scars were taken prior to initial application and at the end of week nine. Tamanu oil was applied to the scarred area twice daily for nine consecutive weeks. There was significant improvement in appearance of scars after six weeks, and improvement continued through week nine. Scar length was reduced by an average 0.28 centimeters, and width was reduced by an average 0.12 centimeters.
CURES FROM AROUND THE WORLD (PART 1: CAT'S CLAW & TAMANU)
The Dr. Oz Show, with Dr. Oz & the Medicine Hunter, March 2010
This segment on plant-based medicine, features Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa), Tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum), and Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia). Dr Oz is an informed and supportive advocate of the safe use of effective botanical remedies. He allows ample time for the health benefits of these botanicals to be presented in a clear and positive way. The Dr Oz Show is the second most watched TV talk show in the US after Oprah. The viewership is huge and devoted, and viewers pay close attention to the expert advice and positions of Dr Oz. This segment should generate positive awareness and goodwill regarding plant medicines. This segment shows in two parts.
"All these herbs can work like true medications in our bodies. We have given you true scientific reasons why they work, which means they really do work." - Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show (with Chris Kilham as Guest Star)
To view this information, visit these links: www.medicinehunter.com and DocterOz.com: Video - Natural Cures, Pt. 1 (Cats Claw & Tamanu) or YouTube.com: Dr. Oz - Tamanu Oil
OIL OF TAMANU
Tamanu Common Name: Tamanu
Tamanu Botanical Name: Calophyllum inophyllum
Information Source: www.medicinehunter.com/tamanu
Watch Chris on The Dr. Oz Show demonstrating the benefits of Tamanu Oil
The exotic isles of the South Pacific are home to a long-used traditional ingredient which is just now working its way into the US and European topical and cosmetic industries. Since the 1920ís Oil of Tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum) has been studied in hospitals and by researchers in Europe, Asia and the Pacific islands. The results of this research are impressive. In 1999 and 2000, I travelled to the South Pacific to study the tamanu tree, and the processing of its oil, and delved into its science in earnest. This is what I learned.
TAMANU'S HEALING POWERS
Tamanu oil possesses a unique capacity to promote the formation of new tissue, thereby accelerating wound healing and the growth of healthy skin. This process is known as cicatrization. For this reason, it is a widely used traditional topical aid. In Pacific island folk medicine, tamanu oil is applied liberally to cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites and stings, abrasions, acne and acne scars, psoriasis, diabetic sores, anal fissures, sunburn, dry or scaly skin, blisters, eczema, herpes sores, and to reduce foot and body odor. Tamanu oil is also massaged into the skin to relieve neuralgia, rheumatism and sciatica. Tamanu oil is employed by Polynesian women for promoting healthy, clear, blemish-free skin, and is also used on babies to prevent diaper rash and skin eruptions.
TAMANU & ITS DISPERSAL
Calophyllum inophyllum is indigenous to Southeast Asia, but is profuse in Polynesia. The tree grows up to 25 or even 30 meters in height, with long, spreading limbs. The tree trunk is typically thick with dark, cracked bark. The tamanu branches are covered with shiny, dark green oval leaves, and small white flowers with yellow centers. The blossoms give off a delightful, sweet perfume. The fruit of the tree, about the size of an apricot, has a thin flesh and a large nut hull inside.
Yet the tamanu nut is a botanical oddity. When the fruits of the tree are collected and cracked open, the blond nut kernel inside contains no apparent oil. But when the kernel dries on a rack for a month or so, it turns a deep, chocolate brown, and becomes sticky with a rich, pleasant-smelling oil. Using a simple screw press, the oil is squeezed from the dark kernels. The resulting oil of Tamanu is dark green and luxurious. Though oil of Tamanu is thick and rich, once it is applied to skin it is readily and completely absorbed, leaving no oily residue.
"Tamanu oil possesses a unique capacity to promote the formation of new tissue, thereby accelerating wound healing and the growth of healthy skin. This process is known as cicatrization." - Chris Kilham
ANTI-NEURALGIC & SKIN HEALING ACTIVITY
Traditionally oil of Tamanu has enjoyed topical use in Fiji for relieving the pain of sciatica, shingles, neuralgia, rheumatism and leprous neuritis, for which it is effective. In 1918, researchers associated with the French Pharmacopoeia began research into tamanu for topical and subcutaneous use. The French researchers quickly became impressed by Tamanu's cicatrizing properties. In the French medical literature on Tamanu oil, several instances of its successful use in cases of severe skin conditions have been reported. In one remarkable instance, a woman was admitted to the St. Louis Hospital in Paris with a large gangrenous ulcer on her leg which would not heal. Though doctors were sure that amputation was inevitable, she was given regular dressings of Tamanu oil. The wound healed completely, leaving a smooth, flat scar. In other cases, Tamanu oil has been employed successfully to heal severe burns caused by boiling water, chemicals and X-rays.
NOVEL CONSTITUENTS IN TAMANU OIL
Oil of tamanu contains three basic classes of lipids, neutral lipids, glycolipids, and phospholipids. The oil also contains a unique fatty acid called calophyllic acid, and a novel antibiotic lactone and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent called calophyllolide. These and other components of tamanu oil, including anti-inflammatory coumarins, account for some of the oil's beneficial activity.
Based on the known activity of known constituents, it is clear that oil of tamanu possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activities. The unique cicatrizing properties of Tamanuoil are not yet explained in existing scientific literature, though this activity is established and accepted. The same is true for tamanu's anti-neuralgic properties. Tamanu oil is well documented for its relief of neuritis, but the constituents responsible and their modes of activity are not yet known.
Oil of Tamanu is suitable for general skin and cosmetic purposes. The oil's unusual absorption, its mild and pleasant aroma, and its luxurious feel make it ideal for use in lotions, creams, ointments and other cosmetic products. Considering that tamanu is a potent healing agent with proven benefits, it is only a matter of time before tamanu breaks through to more widespread use, and assumes a position among other successful topical and cosmetic ingredients.
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TAMANU OIL DOSAGE INFORMATION
Tamanu oil comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For best results, read and follow product label directions.
TAMANU OIL SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTION INFORMATION
There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Tamanu Oil. Test on a small area of the skin first. If you have a reaction to the oil, stop using it.
AROMATHERAPY OIL PRODUCTS
QUALITY PRODUCTS & SUPPLEMENTS
TAMANU HERBAL OIL PRODUCTS
MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS
Mountain Rose Herbs: Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum Inophyllum), Certified Organic, Bulk Organic Carrier & Vegetable Oils
The Oil of Tamanu offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is 100% pure and is extracted by a cold pressed method from the whole organic nuts of the Polynesian Tamanu tree and is unrefined. Tamanu oil has been thoroughly researched, and the conclusive evidence on its ability to heal damaged skin is overwhelming. Its benefits are notable for the treatment for scarring, stretch marks, minor cuts and abrasions, rashes, sores and much more. Can be used directly on the skin or mixed within formulations.
HerbsPro: Soothing Tamanu Facial Oil Serum, Aura Cacia, 1 fl. oz.
HerbsPro: Organic Tamanu Skincare Oil, Aura Cacia, 1 fl. oz.
HerbsPro: Tamanu Oil Skin Rejuvenation, 100% Pure, Life-Flo, 1 fl. oz.
HerbsPro: Tamanu Oil, 100% Pure, Cold Pressed, Natural Styles, 1 fl. oz.
HerbsPro: Organic Tamanu Oil, Simplers Botanicals, 1 fl. oz.
HerbsPro: Organic Tamanu Oil, Simplers Botanicals, 2 fl. oz.
HerbsPro: Tamanu Body Butter, Fragrance Free, Organic South, 4 oz.
HerbsPro: Tamanu Cleansing Bar Soap, Organix South, 4 oz. (Case of 3)
HerbsPro: Facial Scrub African Black Soap with Tamanu Oil, Nubian Heritage, 4.4 oz.
Kalyx: Pure Tamanu Oil, Life-Flo, 1 fl. oz. (HF)
Pure Tamanu Oil from the South Pacific Island tamanu tree is cold-pressed from the nut kernels without using heat or chemicals.
Kalyx: Pure Tamanu Oil, Natural Styles, 1 fl. oz. (HF)
Kalyx: Tamanu Oil, Natural Skin Care, Certified Organic, Aura Cacia, 1 fl. oz. (HF)
Aura Cacia 100% Pure Tamanu Oil is sustainably sourced from the nuts of the tamanu tree. Emerald green tamanu oil promotes vibrant, healthy skin. The fragrant, nutty aroma of tamanu oil has been used as a skin care oil and nourishing hair dressing for centuries by South Pacific natives.
Kalyx: Tamanu Oil, Organic Natural Skin Care, Aura Cacia, 1 fl. oz. (K)
Aura Cacia 100% Pure Tamanu Oil is sustainably sourced from the nuts of the tamanu tree. Emerald green tamanu oil contains a dense array of powerful antioxidant essential fatty acids and is indispensable for promoting the health and vibrancy of the skin. The fragrant, nutty aroma of tamanu oil has been used as a premium, skin care oil and nourishing hair dressing for centuries by South Pacific natives. Expeller pressed and filtered.
Amazon: Tamanu Oil Supplement Products
Amazon: Tamanu Beauty Care Products
Amazon: Tamanu Oil, Slice Of Nature, 100% Pure, Raw, Cold Pressed, 2 fl. oz.
Amazon: Tamanu Oil, 100% Pure Essential Oil, Natural Antiseptic, Sunn Herbal, 100 ml
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