Kukui Nut Oil
This unique oil quickly penetrates and
moisturizes, leaving the skin with a greaseless, silky after-feel. Provides
soothing natural relief for dry skin.
Excellent for dry
scalp when used like a hot oil treatment. Fragrance free. Apply daily. Use
sparingly or as needed. Can be used as a carrier oil with Tamanu Oil.
Calophyllum tacamahaca Hawaiian name: Kamani Oil
Extraction- Cold Pressed/Unrefined/Virgin
Shelf life- 10-14 months
Kosher Certified- No
Notes- Stores well under any condition but extreme heat will lessen the
shelf life. Can be used directly on the skin or diluted with a suitable
carrier oil. While the internal uses for Tamanu have been documented, this
material was manufactured for external use only.
Tamanu Oil Use and
Tamanu oil is a
remarkable topical healing agent with skin healing, antineuralgic,
anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic and antioxidant properties.
Tamanu oil’s botanical name is Calophyllum tacamahaca and/or Calophyllum
Inophyllum--but it's been called everything from Alexandrian Laurel to
Pannay Tree to Sweet Scented Calophyllum, and in London it was once sold as
Borneo Mahogany. 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.
Current and traditional use across
Considered sacred by Polynesians, all parts of the tree have medicinal
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 and herpes sores--and even to reduce foot and
In Europe, sometimes
called Domba oil, it has a 70 to 75 percent success rate in alleviating
rheumatism and scabies. It’s 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 oil 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
Tamanu oil reputedly
relieves a sore throat when it is applied to the neck. It’s 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.
More Powerful than an
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 oil has also compared
favorably against antibiotics in alleviating these maladies:
The cause of
The cause of Madura
Foot, which causes the foot’s skin to swell and split |
Tamanu can be applied
directly to skin, undiluted. There are no reports of adverse effects from
topical application. ALOHATHERAPY RECOMMENDS THAT TAMANU OIL SHOULD NOT BE
USED PURE AND SUGGESTS USING IT WITH A CARRIER OIL (SUCH AS KUKUI OIL) AND
NOT TO USE MORE THAN 10-20% OF TAMANU OIL.
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 oil’s
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!
information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to
diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
“Tamanu,” by Anthony C.
Dweick, Editor, Personal Care and Tim Meadows, Concentrated Aloe
“Evaluation of the
Ability of One Test Product to Improve the Appearance of Scars,” Product
#05-5511, Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum Tacamahaca Seed Oil), Final Report
#010514-111, Prepared by BioScience Laboratories, Inc. for Concentrated Aloe
© American Botanical Council by Chris Kilham,
The Natural Pharmacist,