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Tamanu Oil Benefits

Updated on December 30, 2013

Tamanu Oil Uses

Tamanu oil comes from the nut of the tamanu tree, which is indigenous to tropical regions, like Tahiti.
Tamanu oil comes from the nut of the tamanu tree, which is indigenous to tropical regions, like Tahiti. | Source

Uses For Organic Tamanu Oil

Organic tamanu oil has been gaining popularity recently as a powerful alternative treatment for many common ailments. This potent, dark green and pleasantly nutty oil has been used for thousands of years by indigenous peoples for its anti fungal, antiseptic, antiviral qualities and more. No longer content to just remain a secret, tamanu oil made a splash in 2011 on the Dr. Oz show when guest Carol Alt revealed that she had been using tamanu oil for decades as a secret weapon beauty product. Many that use it swear by it. Even with all the recent popularity, many people still have questions about tamanu oil and what exactly you can use it for. As it turns out, tamanu nut oil is used for more and more ailments almost daily it seems, and some of these uses might just surprise you. Also, if this topic interests you, you may want to check out more on alternative medicine. Some practitioners of natural medicine and healing offer free or low cost classes and seminars locally, so most of the time you would have nothing to lose, just very useful knowledge to gain. Natural remedies are more important now than ever. With the rising cost of healthcare and doctors becoming more scarce than they used to be, many are looking to their medicine cabinet instead of their doctor to treat minor ailments and disorders. Of course, natural medicine, or information online for that matter, is never an appropriate substitute for the advice of a licensed medical doctor so if you have a serious conditioned or are seriously concerned about your present or future health, please consult a medical professional for their educated opinion on the natural cures or treatments you are interested in. Don't be afraid to go ahead and take this step! Many modern medical practitioners are starting to quietly recommend alternative or home remedy treatments as the results of more and more studies are showing positive effects. Natural remedies like tamanu oil have in fact been featured in actual health studies and the results are amazing - we just need more studies to be done in order to get the full picture on the scope of what these remedies are capable of. While we wait for that research and those studies, the best we can do is help inform one another by educating ourselves accordingly and discussing our finds with friends and family. The more we all know, the more the word will spread. The more this information gets spread, the more feedback we can gather and aggregate about what works the best. Remember, when you do find a natural cure that works, don't keep it to yourself - sharing is caring!

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Tamanu Oil Review

More people are having success with using tamanu oil to treat acne.
More people are having success with using tamanu oil to treat acne. | Source

The Oz Effect

I have used some of the remedies recommended by Dr. Oz in the past with mixed results. When I saw the episode that mentioned tamanu oil, my interest and curiosity were definitely piqued. I am a long time holistic health practitioner in my spare time and have done an extensive amount of independent research on alternative medicine in the past twenty years. That being said, some remedies are hits, but many are serious misses. I was more interested in the effects of tamanu oil in particular though because I have used essential oils in the past with overall great success, including coconut oil and emu oil. In my experience, oils tend to be pretty spot on with their traditional uses, slightly more so than other general alternative treatments and remedies. I decided to do my homework, which was much more extensive than I initially expected. Most herbs and oils have maybe a handful of treatments and potential uses, but tamanu oil had so many uses that I am still not sure that I have found them all, and plan to update this site accordingly as I find breaking new uses for this oil of the gods. Have you found a new or unique use for tamanu oil? Did you have a positive experience with tamanu oil? Don't just keep it to yourself, help everyone by getting the word out!

Tamanu Oil Uses

Organic tamanu oil is used for acne, hair regrowth, skin regeneration, scar healing and more.
Organic tamanu oil is used for acne, hair regrowth, skin regeneration, scar healing and more. | Source

The Many Uses Of Tamanu Oil

Oil Cleansing Method

A hot new trend has started among those that are seriously into facial skin care called the Oil Cleansing Method or OCM. This method of cleansing the face involves using oil to clean the skin instead of soap or other drying agents. Tamanu is reported among those who try this to be the best oil for this procedure by far.

For Ringworm

Many people have started talking about using tamanu nut oil in the treatment of ringworm with success in both pets and humans. I don't have any direct experience with this, but I did get an email from a friend that tried it and believes the oil helped get rid of ringworm completely.

For Dogs And Other Animals

This wonder oil is soothing and healing to humans and the same goes for pets. As a bonus, the oil is gentle and irritant free which makes it super safe for your furry friends. Many are starting to apply the oil to the ears of cats in the treatment of ear mites, which can be extremely difficult to get rid of and a very irritating problem for your pet. It's most definitely worth a try!

For Dry Skin

Tamanu oil is known as the best moisturizer ever among those that have actually used it specifically for that purpose. Tamanu nut oil has a very high absorption factor and is easily soaked into skin in minutes, leaving little to no residue or sticky, greasy feel. It even works well on serious problem areas, such as the heels of the feet and elbows.

For Hair Loss

It is rumored that while people used tamanu oil for hair, they realized that as their hair became fuller and thicker, that actually more hair was beginning to grow. There is little formal study on this aspect of tamanu oil, but as I see it, why not give it a try? If nothing else, what hair you do have left will become more dense as a result of the treatments and since it makes skin really soft and has a pleasant smell, you don't really have anything to lose by trying it.

For Damaged Hair

I personally don't believe that anything can truly repair highly damaged hair, only change the outward appearance of the follicle over the short to mid term. Having said that, tamanu oil is one of the best conditioning or hot oil treatments I have ever used on my damaged hair. Once I started using it I recommended it to all of my friends and family, and have never looked back since. If you spend a lot on your hair or on therapeutic treatments for your mane, you really should try tamanu at least once. It works better than any other conditioner or masque for hair that I've ever tried in my life. You won't be disappointed.

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