Tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum) oil has a very sweet aroma (it almost reminds me of maple syrup), and feels soothing to dry or damaged skin.
Many references (listed below) mention Tamanu oil as being Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, and Cicatrisant (accelerates skin cell regeneration). This would make it a perfect carrier for your wound healing, psoriasis, eczema, or pain blends.
According to Dr. Schnaubelt, Tamanu has been found helpful in cases of shingles relief, used in combination with Ravintsara leaf (cinnamomum camphora) at a 50/50 ratio.
The Calophylum tree produces groups or bunches of small fruits that contain the nuts and kernels where Tamanu oil will later occur. The berries are picked then dried out for about 8 weeks before being cold pressed to extract the oil. The oil would not exist if the nuts were not dried for many weeks first. Store in a cool dark location.
General Nutrient Profile (not batch specific):Palmitic acid (11-13.7%), Stearic Acid (13.4-14.3%), Oleic acid (39.1-50%), Linoleic acid (21.7-31.1%).
References: Kusmirek J. Liquid Sunshine: Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy. Sumerset, England: Floramicus; 2002.Price S. and Price L. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 4th edition, Elsevier, London, 2012.
Rhind, J. Essential Oils, A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, 2nd edition, Singing Dragon, London, 2012.
Schnaubelt K. Advanced Aromatherapy, The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, USA, 1998.
Shutes, J. The Dynamics of Blending: A Guide to Blending and a Reference Manual for Essential Oils and Base Materials, The East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies, 2014.
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