Tamanu who? The benefits and uses of Tamanu Oil!

Tamanu who?

The benefits and uses of Tamanu Oil!

Have you heard of this miracle rejuvenating oil that comes from the Tamanu tree in the south pacific! It has been used for many years in the Polynesian culture for skin and hair care, as well as so many other uses.

What is Tamanu Oil?

Tamanu oil is an oil pressed from the fruit of either the Calophyllum inophyllum tree or the Calophyllum tacamahaca tree. The fruit which forms in clusters look like large green nuts. Inside these fruits (nuts) is a kernel which is where the oil is extracted from.

How is Tamanu Oil Extracted?

The kernels are cold-pressed after a 6-8 week “ripening”. One Tanamu tree can only produce approx 1 and 1/4 gallons of oil which is not a large quantity.

oil press juice press
juice/oil press

Color and Scent


The color ranges from a yellowish-green to a dark green as I have learned, the darker the color the more power!


Strong nut scent like that of a date. At least that is what the smell reminds me of. FYI the smell is potent. Very potent!

Dark green color of tamanu oil
Dark green color of tamanu oil


Alternate names of Tamanu oil:

Tamanu Tree
Tamanu Tree

There are so many alternate names so I listed most of them for you: tamanu nut oil, pinnay oil, pinnai oil, ballnut tree oil, daok oil, punnai oil, fetau oil, calophyllum inophyllum essential oil, mù u oil, btaches oil, calophyllum oil, bitaog oil, dilo oil, foraha oil, Alexandrian laurel oil, poon oil, nyamplung oil, palo maria oil,domba oil, honne oil, calophyllum inophyllum seed oil, kamanu oil, calophyllum inophyllum oil, fetaʻu oil, kamani oil, punnaga oil, ballnut oil, undi oil, punna oil

What is Tamanu Oil Used for?

Tamanu oil is scientifically proven to be able to stimulate new growth of skin tissue as a process called, cicatrisation, which can heal cuts, cracks, wounds and form useful skin tissue.

Although Tamanu oil is commercially used for skin care, it has also been known to be used as biofuel.

Top 20 Ailments Tamanu Oil can help with
Top 20 Ailments Tamanu Oil can help with

Things to use Tamanu oil on:

  • acne
  • acne scars
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • itchy skin
  • dry skin
  • flaky skin
  • dandruff
  • itchy scalp
  • dermatitis
  • diaper rash
  • thinning hair
  • athletes foot
  • wrinkles
  • wounds
  • gout pain
  • cuts
  • cracks
  • burns & sunburns
  • bug bites
  • rashes
  • stretch marks
  • and the list goes on and on

What are the Benefits of Tamanu Oil?

Soothes the skin and protects from sunburn, provides itch relief, moisturizes, nourishes and repairs epidermal cells.

Is the Tamanu oil edible?

No, the oil from the Tamanu nuts is not edible or for internal use.

Tamanu Oil on my hand
Tamanu Oil on skin

What does Tamanu Oil contain?

Active ingredients:


Chemical constitutes of Tamanu oil are as follows:

Fatty acids:

Linoleic acid, Oleic acid, Stearic acid, Palmitic acid, Heneicosenoic acid,


Saturated fatty acids, Inophyllums B and P, Friedelin, Phospho-amino lipids, Glycerides, Terpenic essences, Oxibenzoic acids, 4-phenylcoumarins, and benzoic.

Where does Tamanu oil originate from?


The Tamanu oil originated in Polynesia and the South Pacific. The Polynesians still use Tamanu Oil in many cultural aspects of their everyday life.

Tamanu Oil that I use 

Tamanu Oil by Inn&Co
Tamanu Oil by Inn&Co
  • Is made by Inn&Co
  • Organic 100% Pure, Cold Pressed, And Unrefined.
  • It Has No Additives And Fillers.
  • It Does Not Undergo Any Filtering Or Heating
  • Manufactured Here In The USA!

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  • WOW! I’ve never heard of Tamanu oil! Thanks for all the great info on how to use it should I come across it someday.

  • I have never heard of Tamanu Oil! But wouldn’t mind trying it on my stretch marks. Think it will work for marks about 16 years old?

    • I have actually heard that it can help regenerate and rejuvenate epidermal cells. give it a try and let us know

  • Hana Mitchell

    Never heard of Tamanu before but wow all them different purposes is amazing. Ive got some horrible scars on my legs from a car accodent might have to give this a go.

  • Thecla Westerbeck Sørum

    So cool! I’ve never heard of this before, I’ll have to try it sometime!

  • Kristen Morris

    Wow, this oil sounds amazing! I have very sensitive skin and frequently get rashes, especially when traveling, so I need to try this asap!

  • Jessica Taylor

    My daughter has bad eczema! I have never heard of Tamanu, but will definitely try it out now!

  • Helene Bludman

    That is a long list of benefits! I need to check this out.

  • I’ve never used it before, but I’ve learned something today, because I’ve never even heard of it! Great info, I’ll keep my eyes open for this! Thank you! From #fdflinkparty

  • Generation Try Girl CQuillian

    Never heard of this oil before, but glad to learn about it. I’ve been looking for something to help my psoriasis!

  • Prairie Gal Cookin’

    Oh wow – So much info here! I’d never actually used Tamanu oil or even really heard of it, but I might have to check it out! So many great ways it can be used it looks like..

  • I have never heard of this particular oil before. It sounds like it has a ton of great benefits though.

  • Megan

    I had never heard of Tamanu oil until just recently. My little one had eczema and I used a lotion that had it in it. Works like a champ!

  • payastyle

    I have to say I’ve never heard about this oil before but it sounds really interesting! I would definitely try it for my dry skin, lately my skin is like a sponge! have to apply body lotion every few hours.

  • Brandi Kennedy

    I had never heard of this before but I have a friend who is seriously into using oils for various purposes (I think she sells them too). I’ll have to ask her about this one.

  • This sounds awesome! I always prefer natural remedies over chemicals. I didn’t know about Tamanu but I’ll do some research on it now. 🙂

  • Aish Padihari

    What a great post. Thoroughly enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing..Didn’t know about this oil until now.

  • I’ve never heard of this but it sounds very interesting!

  • Thank you. I love naturals and essential oils in beauty and health. This one seems to have a lot of properties of Frankincesse and tea tree which I use a lot. Gotta check it out.

  • Jasmyne Nguyen

    I will admit, I have never heard of this oil before. But I will definitely check it out!!

  • Obviously a skin care oil. It can heal almost all skin problems and that is amazing. I must have it in my medicine kit.

  • I would be interested to see what tamanu oil can do for my acne scars and eczema. I always have a hard time getting rid of eczema once I get it.

  • Angela Milnes

    So interesting! Not only can you use Tamanu Oil for
    skin rejuvenation but you can even use Tamanu Oil for hair and scalp
    rejuvenation as well. It also seems to great for healthy, nail growth.

    • Yes I have actually noticed my nails getting healthy since i have started using it!

  • Leros E.

    Great post. Tamanu oil is amazing. And there are even studies that prove the
    oil can also repel insects, kill microbes and reduce acne, inflammation, and skin problems. Amazing indeed!
    Source: https://abouteos.com/tamanu-oil/