Tamanu Oil “The Forty Cure Tree”

tamanu_oilWhen I decided to make this all natural healing skin balm, I knew one of the key ingredients would be Tamanu oil, also known as Foraha oil.

I have always had an interest in natural healing and a more integrative approach to curing disease. As I began to learn more about this amazing oil and it’s healing and skin repairing properties, it became more and more evident that tamanu oil is truly a unique oil. Over the years, in my medical practice, I have witnessed first hand the healing properties of this oil for various skin conditions.

Pressed from the sun-dried fruit of a giant tree which grows in Tahiti, parts of Asia, India and the Polynesian islands, miracle oil has been used for centuries by the natives to treat rashes, burns, scars, and ease joint pains and sore muscles. This remarkable oil is reputed to have analgesic, antii inflammatory, antioxidant, as well as antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

The tamanu tree grow up to three meters in height, with black cracked bark and beautiful shiny leaves. The tamanu tree blooms twice yearly, with beautiful and fragrant white flowers, out of which grow the yellow skinned fruit, with a large nut in the middle. The nut contains a pale kernel, which is then dried for two months, usually in the sun. A sticky oil is then cold pressed from the kernel, to make a greenish yellow oil similar in color to olive oil. The high cost of the oil is due to the fact that it takes 100 kilograms of Tamanu fruit, the amount one tree produces in one year, to yield just 5 kilograms of cold pressed oil.

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