Vanuatu Tamanu Oil – A South Pacific “WIN” For Skin
Worldwide, ancient cultures have discovered natural remedies from the materials available to them. The Melanesian people of
Vanuatu are no different. Since Vanuatu’s earliest days, the oil extracted from the nut of the sacred Tamanu tree (known
scientifically as Calophyllum Indophyllum) has been used for its wonderful curative and regenerative properties of the skin.
The Tamanu nut, from which oil of Tamanu Oil is made, can only be harvested twice per year. Once the nut is harvested, it must be
left to cure for 6 to 8 weeks. After this process has been successfully completed, the oil can be extracted through cold pressing.
Its extraordinary properties have resulted in it being called “Green Gold” of the “Sacred Oil Of Tamanu”. This sacred oil has a rich
and long history, but earlier in 1918, French Pharmacopoeia found the oil so powerful in its curative properties that they conducted
research and clinical testing topically, orally, and by injection.
In 1928, Sister Marie-Suzanne, a missionary of the the Society of Mary, tested Tamanu’s medicinal properties. She used it effectively to treat leprosy and discovered in 1934 that it had analgesic (a substance that relieves pain) along with sedative
More recent studies prove the medicinal and cosmetic value of pure Tamanu oil. For example:-
- Sc Glucan in Tamanu Oil provides natural UV protection. Sc Glucan protects against UV-induced DNA damage and
oxidative stress as a new biological UV filter with a SPF18-22 in ophthalmic preparations. This natural UV filter, inhibit 85
% of the DNA damage and oxidative stress induced by UV radiation at 1% concentration in opthalmic preparations (Eur J Pharm. Sci 2007 Mar;30(3-4):203-10. Epub 2006 Nov 9).
- Calophyllum Inophyllum oil, even at low concentration (1/10,000, v/v), exhibited significant UV absorption properties
(maximum at 300nm) and was associated with an important sun protection factor (18-22) in opthalmic preparations (Eur J Pharm. Sci 2007 Mar;30(3-4):203-10. Epub 2006 Nov 9).
Below are examples of more studies on other Tamanu Oil benefits:
(a) Soothing and protective effect on the skin (sunburn, inflammation, skin redness, insect bites) – EVIC-CEBA laboratory
study June 2000 – Ih268/01.
(b) Regenerating effect on the epidermis cells, wound healing (burns, cuts, cracks, scars…) Microna laboratory feb. 2003 –
(c) Improves the appearance of aged scars (1 year or older) Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists Annual Congress,
Hamilton Island 2003
(d) Anti-acne, anti-septic (Phytochemistry. 2004 Oct; 65(20) :2789-95)
(e) Anti-inflammatory (ABICH oct.2005 – REL/ 244/05/ FUNZ /ELB)
(f) Anti-viral (Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 1998 Dec 15;8(24): 3475-8) & (Med Res Rev. 2000 Sep;20(5):323-49)
(g) antibiotic, anti-coagulative, fungal inhibitor (Yao Xue Xue Bao. 2004 Apr;39(4):305-8) and antibacterial effects (Microna
laboratory oct.2002 – °02/4500i) & (Indian J Exp Biol. 1970 Jan;8(1):39-40)
(h) Cancer chemopreventive agents (anti-tumor-promoting agents). Cancer Lett. 2001 Aug 10;169(1):15-9
(i) Moisturising, nourishing and repairing (epidermal cells) effect on the skin (dry and damaged skin, wrinkles, anti ageing…)
Microna laboratory feb.2003 – N°03/0607i
(j) Increases microcirculation (heavy legs, bruising…) Dermscan – april 2007 – study N°07D0458
(k) Body hygiene (body odors, infections, skin rashes, dermatitis, psoriasis…) Phytochemistry. 2004 Oct;65(20):2789-95
(l) Hypoallergenic (non irritant, non sensitizing). Dermscan April 2007- study DN-730/07EO398
(m) A naturally occurring anti HIV agent (Pharm. Biol., vol 37, n 1, pp71-76)
Vanuatu Tamanu Oil is exempt of the 26 allergen substances listed in 2003/15/CE European directive.
Using the ancient ancestral traditions and harvesting wisdom of the Melanesians, Volcanic Earth used modern technology and
created a cold pressed process for extracting Tamanu Oil. This allows us to use the oil without having any chemical additives in it.
The Oil of tamanu has numerous benefits and applications. The ability of this Melanesian remedy to heal the skin surpasses that of
many other remedies, including modern day medicines.
Essentially, Tamanu Oil has remarkable regenerative and curative properties. Plus, the oil has a wide spectrum of uses and
benefits. Therefore, the oil may be applied to just about any skin problem, but here are some more specific uses.
Below are just some of the many and amazing benefits of this ancient remedy:-
Aging, acne, acne scars, general scarring, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, lick granulomas, hot spots, skin irritations caused by
allergies, rashes, cuts, sores, burns of diverse origin (including radiation burns), wounds, chemical burns, insect bites, toenail
fungus, bruises, abrasions, warts (including water warts), razor or clipper burns; welts, poison ivy, sunburn, excessive scratching, in
areas of loss of hair, ulcerated skin lesions, stretch marks, ulcers, skin grafts, post-surgical wounds, chapped skin; scabs, breast
cracks, chilblains, vaginitis, age spots, diabetic sores, preventing skin eruptions, blisters, radio dermatitis (ulcerations due to X-
rays), tissue and skin regeneration, calming the pain of wounds (although when used for this purpose it may cause a slight itch).
ABOUT TAMANU OIL
BOTANICAL DATA INFORMATION ON TAMANU OIL
Scientific Name: Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil Origin: Vanuatu, South Pacific
Classification: Natural/Wild Harvested Product Shelf Life: 3-4 years
INCI Name: Calophyllum Tacamahaca Seed Oil CAS Number: 223748-12-7
Extraction: Cold Pressed/Unrefined/Virgin Color: Dark Green
Tamanu Oil is extracted from the cured nuts of the Tamanu Tree that grows profusely across virtually all of the 83 islands that make up the archipelago of Vanuatu. It is a unique, multi-faceted skin care product/ingredient which stands alone and is truly 100% natural.
Odor: Nutty, fatty and odoriferous Primary Uses: Natural, skin healing oil and ingredient for cosmetic formulations and hair conditioning products.
Storage: Best stored at around 21 degrees up to room temperature. Doesn’t mind hotter temperatures but extreme heat will lessen the shelf life. Cool to cold temperatures will cause some separation of the fatty acids but this otherwise will not affect the shelf life of pure Tamanu Oil. As with all skin care products, test for any allergic reaction on a small area of the skin first.
TAMANU OIL SKIN CARE – Traditional Melanesian skin care based on the Sacred Oil of Tamanu Oil and Virgin Coconut Oil.
Tamanu Oil (15ml Roll-On; 60 ml bottle; 140 ml bottle & 1 Liter) – Pure Tamanu Oil.
Tamanu Butter – Pure Tamanu Oil, Cocoa Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, bees wax & Carica papaya (Papaya) fruit extract.
Skin Rejuvenating Moisturizer (135ml and 250ml) – Aqua, Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum Inophyllum Oil), Virgin Coconut
Oil (Cocus Nucifera), Ngali Oil (Canarium Indicum), Emulsifying Wax Profile (nf), Vitamin E ((dl-Alpha Tocopheryl
Acetate), Potassium Sorbate.
Tamanu Volcanic Ash Body Scrub (135 ml and 250ml) – Aqua, Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocus Nucifera), Ngali Oil
(Canarium Indicum), Emulsifying Wax Profile (nf), Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum Inophyllum Oil), Volcanic Ash, Black Clay
(Kaolin), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Corn Starch (Zea Mays), Geogard ECT and Potassium Sorbate.
Tamanu Soaps – Lye, Virgin Coconut Oil & Tamanu Oil
FACIAL MOISTURISER WITH TAMANU OIL
“I’ve got the facial moisturizer already. It’s fantastic and I’ve ordered more products from you online. This time, I
paid by a credit card issued in Hong Kong.
Look forward to receiving my order soon.
“Linda- Thank you so much for your quick response 🙂 I just want to say that not only is your product awesome, but
you and your company are a pleasure to do business with!
I am looking forward to getting my Tamanu oil!
P.S. I absolutely LOVE your product…your Tamanu Oil is the best scar-removal
product I’ve ever tried!
“Dear Volcanic Earth,
I use the Tamanu Oil for wounds and my son got a burn that was severe on his leg. I refused skin grafts and used this
oil, its great but nearly run out. I have also used it on my farm animals for wound healing and my own skin, kids
scrapes etc. because my son had Leukaemia I value the anti microbial and citrizisation effects.
I would love 1 litre thank you and any further advice you have.”
Fiona Scott, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA