Ingredient Spotlight:Tamanu Oil

Benefits of Tamanu OilTamanu oil is an oil we should talk about.  It’s a lesser known oil then jojoba or rosehip oil but it is said that tamanu oil has qualities that allow it to be very effective for healing damaged skin.  Many people suffering from acne have found great relief and clearing when using tamanu oil! Let’s dive into all the amazing skin benefits of tamanu oil!

Tamanu oil is an amazing tool when it comes to healing and regenerating the skin!   It is  antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antioxidant.   There is much emphasis on it’s anti inflammatory property which can be extremely helpful in all skin conditions, especially acne and eczema.  Because of it’s anti inflammatory talents, many sufferers of joint and muscle pain have found relief using it topically!

Tamanu contains a fatty acid called calophyllic acid, and an 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.  Impressive, huh?!

Because of tamanu’s ability to regenerate damaged skin and accelerate cell turnover, it is a great anti aging oil.  It contains a large amount of fatty acids which help to smooth and plump the skin.  It also contains a large amount of antioxidants which we know helps combat the pesky free radicals that are causing aging in the skin!

The reviews on this oil are almost 100% positive.  Many people find it helpful with healing acne much more quickly.  Some say it’s the perfect moisturizer and others say it is a bit drying.  It all comes down to trying it for yourself.

Skin Benefits of Tamanu Oil

  • Reduces scarring
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Accelerated healing for scrapes and acne
  • Encourages skin cell regeneration
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces Pain
  • Offers muscle and joint relief
  • Contains a high amount of antioxidants

Ideas on How to Use Tamanu Oil:

  • Apply 2-3 drops nightly as a serum/moisturizer.
  • For acne control, add melaleuca essential oil and/or lavender essential oil to your bottle for extra zit zapping power!
  • Use in lip balm, and facial oil recipes for healing damaged skin.
  • Add to homemade healing balms for added healing power.
  • Use as a spot treatment to help clean, heal and renew skin after a blemish.
  • Apply to wound before bandaging.
  • Apply to stretch marks and scars daily.
  • Apply to sunburns.
  • Apply a thin layer on psoriasis and eczema problem areas daily.
  • Smooth over aching joints and muscles-As a bonus, add peppermint for added pain relief and cooling.

My Personal Experience with Tamanu Oil:

I’m really enjoying using this oil.  My skin is dry yet I deal with a lot of texture issue caused from blackheads and congestion in my skin.  I do find that this oil absorbs really quickly which is so nice.  It’s not drying so far for me, but it’s definitely not an oil I could use as a moisturizer.  I do have to apply a moisturizer once the tamanu soaks in.  I have not had any blemishes lately so I can’t speak personally about accelerated healing.   I do plan to use this oil as a spot treatment at the first signs of any blemishes!

My Tamanu Oil of choice is from Mountain Rose Herbs-Their tamanu oil is cold pressed, unrefined and organic.  Basically it’s the purest form of this oil.  According to MRH Tamanu Oil “has been thoroughly researched, and the conclusive evidence on its ability to heal damaged skin is overwhelming. Its benefits are notable for scarring, stretch marks, minor cuts and abrasions, rashes, sores, and much more. It can be used directly on the skin or mixed within formulations.”

You can find MRH’s tamanu oil HERE.

Tamanu Lavender Lip Therapy

1 TBSP. Cold Pressed Olive Oil (find it HERE)

1 tsp. Tamanu Oil (find it HERE)

1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil (find it HERE)

1 tsp. Beeswax (find it HERE)

5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)


  1. Fill a medium sized pot 1/2 way full of water.  Turn stove top to medium heat.
  2. Place a glass pyrex bowl with a spout in the water.
  3. Add Olive Oil, Tamanu Oil and Beeswax to the bowl and allow beeswax to melt.
  4. Remove from heat, add vitamin E and lavender.
  5. Pour into lip balm tubes or tins.  I love these tins HERE.  Find tubes HERE.

xx, Jenni

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