Tamanu oil comes from the seeds of the tamanu tree. Tamanu (calophyllum inophyllum) oil is not an essential oil as it may be believed but it is a fatty oil. It is also referred as “Green Gold”.
Tamanu oil is rich is fatty acids (including oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, arachidonic acid and stearic acid) that help keep skin moisturised and prevent premature skin aging.
1) Sun protection
Tamanu oil has UV absorbing properties, thus it can protect your hair strands from the sun damage.
2) Heat protectant
Tamanu oil has a high flash point (it can stand up to high heat), thus making it ideal for using it as a heat protectant when using hot styling tools.
3) Promotes hair growth
Tamanu oil is loaded with fatty acids, it can nourish the scalp, promoting healthier and stronger hair growth.
4) Scalp care
Tamanu oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits on the scalp.
While soothing inflammatory scalp and eliminating fungus, it promotes healthier scalp, also leading to a healthier and stronger growing hair.
5) Brings moisture to the hair
Tamanu oil moisturise your hair strands deeply thanks to its rich content in fatty acids. On top of that, it does not make a greasy texture on your hair strands when applied correctly.
6) Helps preventing hair loss
Tamanu oil helps protecting hair loss to a certain degree when applied to your scalp.
7) Adds shine to your hair
Tamanu oil has light reflecting properties, when applied to the hair it makes your hair shine brilliantly.
Tamanu oil is known to work for all kinds of hair (dry, normal, oily, curly, straight…).
How to / Application
– If you want to use it as a hair mask or a scalp mask: Mix tamanu oil with up to 50% with your favourite carrier oil to provide a better viscosity.
– you can use tamanu oil with its raw form, on a little amount, to the ends of your hair.
Risks/ Side effects of tamanu oil
What we call tamanu oil, is the seed oil coming from the tamanu tree. However, the tamanu tree is a nut tree. If you are allergic to nuts, stay away from tamanu oil.
Tamanu oil is toxic if taken internally, do not consume it.
Avoid contact with the eyes.
Do not use tamanu oil on open wounds. Consult a doctor.
It is generally fairly safe when used for the skin.
-Tamanu oil can be slightly comedogenic, which means that it can clog pores, a correct use of the oil should be okay. Even though it can help with acne, if you see any clogged pores stop using it.
Always do a patch test before using any new product on your skin. Especially If you have sensitive or eczema do not skip this step.
Apply a small amount on your wrist.
If any irritation occurs following a week after application do not use it on your skin.
This content does NOT provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult your own doctor for more information.