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Unrefined Tamanu (Foraha) Carrier Oil


Name Unrefined Tamanu (Foraha) Carrier Oil
Species Calophyllum inophyllum
Part Fruit
Extraction Cold Pressed/Unrefrined
Aroma Earthy and nutty with a slightly fruity splash

Product Description

Unrefined Tamanu (Foraha) Carrier Oil

Name Unrefined Tamanu (Foraha) Carrier Oil
Species Calophyllum inophyllum
Part Fruit
Extraction Cold Pressed/Unrefined
Source Madagascar
Color Pale Brown
Consistency Pourable when slightly warmed
Aroma Earthy and nutty with a slightly fruity splash

Unrefined Tamanu (Foraha) Carrier Oil is dependant on rainfall for its color.  You’ll find that the oil tends to be referred to as either Tamanu or Foraha — names which come from either Madagascar (Tamanu) or Polynesian Islands (Foraha).  The tree itself is called a number of names in its different indigenous countries and considered sacred in some.

More rainfall for this up to 60 foot tall tree makes it a darker green, less rainfall makes it a light brown.  This batch experienced a smaller amount of rainfall and is a light brown color.  This particular batch of Tamanu is unfiltered which makes it a bit tougher to use (you may need to warm it a bit, even at room temp).

Tamanu is well-known for its skin benefits and may be used alone or as a part of a carrier blend.  It can help reduce the appearance of blemishes and scars and give skin a more youthful-looking glow.  Extremely moisturizing, many skin conditions find relief in Tamanu.  Mature skin responds well to this oil.

It may act as an aid in encouraging wounds to heal due to its ability to promote tissue formation, its anti-inflammatory benefits, and its anti-microbial benefits; We suggest using Tamanu with helichrysum for maximum wound benefit.  Some sources suggest that Tamanu may encourage hair growth (we suggest a pre-shower scalp massage, then add epsom salt water and work up a lather).

Schnaubelt¹ and Parker² all recommend it for support during shingles outbreaks.  Schnaubelt and Buckle³ pair it with Ravensara for this purpose.  0.25 oz of ravensara and 0.75 oz of Tamanu (or a 1:3 ratio) is recommended (25% dilution).

Unrefined Tamanu (Foraha) Carrier Oil may also provide joint support due.  We suggest adding oils like Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and others for an easily absorbed rub for occasional soreness in muscles and joints.

Store your Tamanu in a cool, dark place, if it begins to solidify or separate, warm in boiling water and mix prior to using.  Your Tamanu has a shelf life of 2-5 years if kept refrigerated.


¹Schnaubelt, Kurt. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils (Kindle Location 2857). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.

²Parker, Susan M.. Power of the Seed: Your Guide to Oils for Health & Beauty (Process Self-reliance Series) (Kindle Location 2043). Process. Kindle Edition.

³Buckle, Jane. Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Practice (p. 278). Elsevier Health Sciences UK. Kindle Edition.

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Unrefined Tamanu (Foraha) Carrier Oil Safety Info

Some who are allergic to nuts may need to avoid Tamanu.  If you have a nut allergy, test carefully or avoid Unrefined Tamanu (Foraha) Carrier Oil.  This oil is mild enough that it is even gentle on mucous membranes, so only eyes are to be avoided with it.  There is no dilution required, although many it is still effective mixed with another carrier.  There are no reports of adverse effects from topical application. WIth a ph between 4-5, Unrefined Tamanu (Foraha) Carrier Oil is very close to the skin, but will make eyes burn.   Rinse thoroughly with fresh water if this oil gets in the eye. ~ Source:  Susan M Parker. Power of the Seed: Your Guide to Oils for Health & Beauty; Process (2015). Reading the full profile for Unrefined Tamanu (Foraha) Carrier Oil Essential Oil is highly suggested by your DeRu Staff.

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