Promising Benefits of Using Tamanu Oil For Your Skin and Hair (&10 Essential Oil Blends ) 

By  Sofia

Tamanu oil……never heard of it, you say?!  Well, now you have! 

This amazing oil has some pretty impressive benefits for the skin, such as reducing inflammation, slowing down the aging process, preventing cancer, fighting off fungal infections, and more!  

It is an ancient remedy that is quickly making its way back into the world of holistic medicine.  So…..what exactly is this miracle oil, and where does it come from?

What is Tamanu Oil?

This incredible oil is extracted from the fruit kernel of the tamanu tree, or scientifically known as the "Calopyllum inophyllum". The tamanu tree is found in tropical regions, such as Vietnam, Polynesia, Malaysia, and Melanesia.

The exotic tamanu tree blooms only twice a year, producing a small yellow fruit. The large nut that is inside of the fruit is where the tamanu oil is derived from.

This can be quite a lengthy process, because the nuts have to be left in the sun for 1-2 months, away from moisture. As the nut dries, the oil will rise to the surface, where it can be harvested.  

History of Tamanu Oil

The benefits of tamanu oil were being enjoyed for hundreds of years in Southeast Asia before being realized in the Western world during the 1900’s. In 1918, French scientists discovered that it had many healing properties when used topically for pain, healing wounds, and even leprosy. Word spread quickly about this miracle oil, but it was not easily available due to the expense, and the difficulty of transporting it.

Thankfully, we don’t have that problem these days and we can enjoy having this ancient remedy more readily available to us.

10 Promising ​Benefits of Tamanu Oil 

Now that we know a little bit more about what tamanu oil is, let’s talk about some of the amazing benefits of this oil, and you will see why it is quickly gaining popularity in the holistic world of health and beauty. 

1: Boosts Immunity

Tamanu oil has some pretty astounding qualities to it that make it a huge immune system booster. These qualities include being high in antioxidants, it is antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-fungal, as well as an anti-inflammatory. All of these characteristics combined create a huge super charge for your immune system to protect it from a whole host of pathogens.

Applying tamanu oil directly to your skin is a great way to use it to build up your immunity, and to create a barrier of protection for your skin to help keep out pathogens.

2: Soothes and Heals the Skin

Tamanu oil has cicatrizing properties, which means that is has the ability to encourage the generation of new tissue, speed up the amount of time it takes the body to heal wounds, and promote the growth of healthy skin cells. 

This is huge when it comes to relieving a variety of ailments on the skin, such as rashes, blemishes, infections, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and more. It is also great for treating and preventing diaper rashes, and can be applied directly to the baby’s bottom.

3: Reverses Signs of Aging

This incredible oil has the ability to turn back time and keep you looking younger longer. Remember those antioxidants I mentioned earlier?

They are exactly what your skin needs to neutralize the free radicals that can weaken skin elasticity, promote wrinkles and blemishes, and inhibit the generation of new skin cells.

Tamanu oil can slow down the aging process by ridding your body of these free radicals, leaving you with smooth, vibrant looking skin.

4: Speeds up the Body’s Ability to Heal

This is where those cicatrizing abilities come into play again. Along with the antiseptic qualities to ward off infection, tamanu oil is perfect for mending abrasions. And not only will it speed up the healing process, but it also minimizes the appearance of scars that might be left behind by injuries. 

5: Relieves Pain Quickly  

The anti-inflammatory properties of tamanu oil make it an excellent choice for treating pain topically. It can be applied directly to the source of pain, such as the muscles, joints, skin rashes, bug bites, wounds, and sunburns for instant relief.

6: Reduces Inflammation

When applied topically, tamanu oil has amazing benefits for relieving inflammation throughout the whole entire body.

This is because the skin is the body’s largest organ, and is covered in pores. Scientists are finding out that the skin actually absorbs more than what was originally believed in the scientific community.  

For this reason, tamanu oil is easily absorbed into the body to work on internal inflammation.

7: Eliminates Body Odor

Tamanu oil is known and enjoyed for its fragrant, nutty smell.  This is why it is widely used to eliminate body odor.

It works great when applied under the arm for deodorant.  It can also be used to deodorize the feet, and can be used as an anti-fungal for athlete’s foot or other fungal infections at the same time, for a great 2 in1 remedy.

8: Reduces the Risks of Cancer

Due to the high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of tamanu oil, it is believed to have cancer fighting benefits. This is because of its ability to eliminate free radicals in the body that lead to the formation of cancerous cells.

9: tamanu oil can Fades Scars and Stretch Marks

Antioxidants sure are great.They have the extraordinary ability to do so many things, including reducing the visibility of scars and stretch marks. With the tamanu’s high antioxidant levels, it is perfect for this very purpose. (source)

10: Fighting off Fungal Infections

Yep, with the tamanu oil’s antifungal properties, it is a great choice to go to when dealing with fungal infections; such as nail fungus, athlete’s foot, and ringworm.


Those are some pretty amazing benefits, right?  

If you are like me, you are probably ready to try out this miracle oil for yourself.

First of all, I just want to say that tamanu oil is so beneficial on its own, that it is not necessary to add essential oils to it.

If you feel like you don’t want the extra expense, or don’t have time to mix up a blend, you will still see some amazing results from using the tamanu oil on its own.

On the other hand, I also wanted to share with you some essential oil blends that you can use to help compliment the tamanu oil and achieve the best results.

how to use tamanu oil

tamanu oil for hair:Treating Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs and razor burn can be very painful and uncomfortable. The anti-inflammatory benefits of tamanu oil are as great as black curren oil for eliminating these symptoms and getting you on your way to feeling healthy and happy.

Recipe Blends

Tamanu Oil To Combat Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are not only annoying, but also can be about impossible to get rid of. Thankfully tamanu oil has the ability to greatly reduce the visibility of these unsightly lines.

Apply daily to stretch marks in order to reduce appearance. Remember that this takes time, so be patient.

Recipe Blends

Remedying Acne with Tamanu Oil 

Your face is usually the first thing people notice about you, and it is the thing we fuss about most on ourselves. That is why acne can be a very frustrating and embarrassing thing to deal with.  

Tamanu oil is a great treatment for acne because the tamanu oil is gentle enough to use several times daily in order to treat acne and prevent future breakouts.

Recipe Blends

reduce the appearance of scars

Apply 2 times daily to reduce the appearance of scars. This can take up to 3 months to start taking affect, so make sure to be diligent about applying it regularly, and you are sure to be happy with the results.

Recipe Blends

  • 2 drops carrot seed essential oil
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil (I usually buy this)
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops rose essential oil
  • 4 tsp tamanu oil

Healing Rashes & stubborn blemishes

Rashes can be unsightly, and sometimes painfully debilitating. Tamanu oil is perfect for clearing up even the most stubborn blemishes. This blend works great for a variety of skin rashes, including poison ivy.

Recipe Blends

  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 tsp tamanu oil

Soothe Your Dry, Itchy Skin

Dry skin can be painful, itchy, and just downright miserable to have. This blend can be applied anywhere you are have dry, flaky skin, including the face.  Just make sure to avoid more sensitive areas, such as the eyes.

Recipe Blends

Natural Remedy for Rosacea That Gives Stunning Results!

Rosacea can be very tricky to treat, and has no known cure, but tamanu oil is wonderful for reducing the appearance of it. Combined with these essential oils, you are sure to reap the best results for eliminating your rosacea. 

Recipe Blends

  • 3 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 4 tsp tamanu oil

Reduces Inflammation

The anti-inflammatory abilities of these oils, combined with the warming abilities, will help to stimulate blood circulation and reduce the pain of any inflammatory condition; even arthritis. Apply directly to the problematic area for best results.    

Recipe Blends

  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops ginger essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary oil
  • 4 tsp tamanu oil

Promote Wound Healing

The cicatrizing properties of the tamanu oil combined with these soothing essential oils is sure to speed up the healing process of any abrasion.

Apply directly to the wound to speed up healing.

Recipe Blends

Tamanu oil for Eczema and Psoriasis Relief

Psoriasis and Eczema are two very common painful skin conditions. Tamanu oil works wonders on these 2 ailments, and combined with the healing properties of these essential oils, it can work quickly and effectively to eliminate these debilitating symptoms.

This blend should be applied to the problem area several times daily until symptoms are gone. 

Recipe Blends

Tamanu Oil Side Effects

Always do your research before using a new essential oil. Some essential oils are not safe to be used on pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants and children, or in some cases of medical conditions.

● Tamanu oil is for topical use only. Other parts of the plant have been taken internally, but due to the powerful, high concentration of the tamanu oil, it can cause severe gastrointestinal distress if taken internally. 

● Few rare, mild side effects have been reported when using tamanu oil, such as skin irritation, itching, and redness.

● In some rare cases, allergic reactions have been reported. It is always safest to do a skin patch test by applying a small amount of it to a remote area of the skin to see how you will react when trying out a new product.

● Tamanu oil comes from a nut, so if you have nut allergies, use caution when trying it out.

● As always, be sure to check with your health care provider before adding any new health regimen to your routine.

● Tamanu oil can be a bit strong for sensitive skin. Adding it to a carrier oil can help to eliminate this problem.

● Always make sure to buy 100% pure, cold pressed tamanu oil from an organic source.

Take Away

Tamanu oil is a very safe and effective remedy for a variety of ailments that has been used around the world for centuries. With its extraordinary healing qualities in relieving acne, eczema, skin rashes, wrinkles, scars, stretchmarks, and even to heal wounds; it is sure to become a staple in your health care routine.  And, if you are like me, you will soon be sharing it with your friends and family.   

Benefits Of Using Tamanu Oil Your Skin And Hair and 10 Essential Oil Blends

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I'm Sofia, one of the passionate voices behind Daily Detox Hacks. I’m a wife, a real mom. Dealing with real-life issues, whole food lover, and researcher. My mission with Dailydetoxhacks.com is to bring you the latest trends in healthy, non-toxic living, dieting tips, natural beauty, natural remedies and more!

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