This stuff is gold! I swear, it has done some miracles for me (and literally it is quite expensive) haha! As you know from this post, I am all about natural beauty products and this one fits in just splendidly.
While we were in Bora Bora on our honeymoon, my husband and I got tattoos as a memory of our time together. It was a really neat experience, the tattoo artist came to our bungalow on our last day and we got matching tattoos designed which say, I give all of my love to you in Tahitian. It was a spontaneous decision which we had both thought of at separate times, EVERY ONE in Tahiti has tattoos (the locals) so we wanted to do something which tied in our love for each other and our wonderful time in Bora Bora.
Okay, back to Tamanu oil, long story short, the tattoo artist told us that since it is so humid in Tahiti, not to cover it, let it air dry and use Tamanu oil on it. We actually thought he was talking about coconut oil, but we went to the gift shop at our hotel and asked for Tamanu oil, they handed us this odd green colored oil and we were shocked at the price. I cannot remember exactly how much it was but it was more than $60 for this tiny bottle. Of course, everything in Bora Bora is expensive, but after looking into buying some more, what we paid isn’t outrageous by any means. 30 ml of this stuff sells for around $45, as I said, it is gold!
So, not only did the tattoo artist tell us to use it for our tattoos, he also told us (through broken English and French) that the locals use it for everything. Literally EVERYTHING! He told us to use it for any insect bite and the itching/stinging would stop, use it on sunburns to heal them and in the sun to prevent getting one, women use it on their face to get rid of acne/prevent it (their skin was flawless), parents use it on their children when they have rashes/issues, he named so many ways to use it and told us it was the best thing to come out of Tahiti and I agree with him.
We used it on our tattoos and our tattoos were completely healed after 2 days, I am not joking. I have had 3 other tattoos done in the past and never have I had a tattoo heal that fast! I also used it on a heat rash that I had on my shoulder, again, it cleared up in about a day and instantly brought relief, my husband has used it on a chemical rash he got on his hand and of course, it helped. I am telling you, there is nothing this oil cannot do.
Of course, when I got back home, I did some research and found even more uses and benefits of this wonder oil.
So, it is also beneficial for:
- stretch marks
- minor cuts and abrasions
- insect bites and stings
- acne and acne scars
- diabetic sores
- anal fissures
- dry or scaly skin
- herpes sores
- reducing foot and body odor
Tamanu oil is a topical healing agent with skin healing, anti-neuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antioxidant properties. It is best known for skin rejuvenation, it is one of the most effective agents in promoting the formation of new tissue, thereby accelerating wound healing and the growth of healthy skin (HELLO anti-aging oil).
So here’s how it’s made; Calophyllum inophyllum is the name of the tree it grows on. The tamanu branches are covered with shiny, dark green oval leaves, and small white flowers with yellow centers. The fruit of the tree, has a large nut hull inside. Inside the fruit is the blond nut. This is removed and dried on a rack for a month or so, it turns a deep, chocolate brown, and becomes sticky with a rich, oil. The oil is then pressed from the dark kernels. The resulting oil of tamanu is dark green. It takes 100 kilograms of tamanu kernels, the amount that one tree produces annually, to yield just 5 kilograms of 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.
The smell is somewhat strong and very earthy, so if you’re looking for a delightful oil to use everyday, this isn’t it. However, if you can get past the smell, which isn’t so bad (I used it all along my pregnancy, even with EXTREMELY sensitive smell in the first months), you will reap its benefits, which are A LOT!
If you’re interested in trying it, here are a few I would recommend!!