We are going to be straight with you. It didn’t occur to me that such a product could occur until I spotted it at the organic section of my supermarket. We only have to thank globalisation for bringing products from far and wide to us and what amazed me about tamanu oil is that is originates from Polynesia before it found its popularity among the people of Southeast Asia. To add another interesting fact of the day, did you know that tamanu oil was once utilised as fuel to power up radios during World War II. Today, tamanu oil is still being used regularly in our part of the world but mostly as a way to treat some of our pressing skin issues. Read on to discover what tamanu oil could do for your skin.
What Is Tamanu Oil?
Simply put, tamanu oil is what you get when you perform the extraction process on the nuts of the Calophyllum inophyllum tree. While the name of the tree might confuse you, what you need to know is that it is a tropical tree with a massive trunk that provides spherical fruit with a thin hull and edible pulp. In the past, the tree was considered to be extremely sacred and has been used in many ceremonies like offering and sacrifice. To the villagers living near the tree, the Calophyllum inophyllum is a tree of life and it provides many useful materials like wood to build houses, the leaves as a perfume or a sedative and importantly, the fruit to produce tamanu oil.
How one gets tamanu oil is rather simple. When the fruits are ripe, they are then crushed to remove the seed. These seeds are then spread out on a sheet for it to be exposed to sunlight while ensuring they are nowhere near any source of humidity. This slow drying process is important as it would then allow the seeds to retain their oil content and following the two month period, the seeds would then be primed for extraction.
Benefits Of Tamanu Oil
What is extracted from the seeds is a yellowish-green oil that has been found to be a miracle oil. Within it lies many properties that have been found to help heal and treat skin issues and that is why tamanu oil is so cherished.
Treats Hyperpigmentation And Eczema
Hyperpigmentation is what happens when our skin is exposed to large amounts of UV rays and our skin reacts to it by producing more melanin, or when the UV rays damage the DNA of melanocytes (cells that carry melanin). As inflammation is at the heart of hyperpigmentation, the anti-inflammatory properties in tamanu oil would be exceptionally suitable for the treating of these hyperpigmentation issues. This would work the same for those who are suffering from eczema as well.
Soothes Your Rashes
Tamanu oil is great for those awful days when the rashes get to you. When you get rashes, it could get exceptionally itchy and if your attempts to soothe your rashes involves scratching them, you might just be aggravating it even further. What you can do is to apply tamanu oil gently over those affected areas after your shower to soothe and ease the itchiness of the rashes. You would have to thank the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of tamanu oil for this benefit!
Heals Your Scars
We all have scars and they could be a reminder of a bad fall, surgery or even acne. Regardless of what they might be, tamanu oil would be a great fix for that. Due to the skin regenerating properties of tamanu oil, you can dab a tamanu oil-drenched cotton ball onto your scar three times a day until the scar fades in oblivion. Give it a try and you might just be shocked at the quick results! Similarly, those stretch marks that you might have gotten following pregnancy or sudden weight loss would work just as well with tamanu oil. What you can do is to mix tamanu oil with shea butter and cocoa butter to create a stretch mark cream that you can apply on your stretch marks each night.
Heals Your Acne
Don’t take it from us! A study done in 2002 discovered that tamanu oil was excellent in inhibiting the growth of bacteria especially on the Propionibacterium acnes, an acne-causing germ. This would entail how the use of tamanu oil would help treat acne. While we would not suggest using tamanu oil as a moisturiser due to its comedogenic rating, it is great for dabbing it over the affected areas of your skin.
Protects Your Eyes
The eyes are the windows to our soul and if you want to look youthful on the inside and outside, you need to care about your eye health and the area around your eyes. Due to how tamanu oil has plenty of antioxidants that shield the skin from the effects of premature ageing, tamanu oil is often used as part of an all-natural serum for the area around our beautiful eyes. Due to its thick consistency, you can rub tamanu oil into your skin for it to penetrate deep within the layers to prevent signs of premature ageing like wrinkles and fine lines.