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Discover Tamanu Oil
Tamanu oil came to the attention of European doctors and scientists over 80 years ago. However it wasn't until an introduction of the oil by Dr. Oz on the Oprah show that a larger number of people became aware of it.
Tamanu oil has been used for centuries in the South Pacific Islands, South East Asia and Madagascar as a health aid and skin beautifier. In the 1920's Sister Marie-Suzanne, a nun stationed in Fiji working with leprosy patients, found that the topically applied oil worked well to reduce nerve pain. She sent the oil back to France where doctors found that tamanu oil had properties which promoted rapid skin growth. It was also found to be useful against infection. Doctors tried it on a woman with a gangrenous leg who was scheduled for amputation. To their astonishment, regular applications of the tamanu oil saved the leg, leaving a smooth scar where the infected wound had been.
Researchers have since discovered that tamanu oil has strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Of course, this was not news to the South Pacific Islanders who had used it traditionally to treat scrapes, cuts, burns, insect bites and stings, acne and acne scars, psoriasis, diabetic sores, anal fissures, sunburn, dry or scaly skin, blisters, eczema, diaper rash, herpes sores, boils, open sores and wounds, joint pains, arthritis, bruises, chapped lips, sciatica, rheumatism and ulcers. They also used it as a deodorant.
It has also been used effectively for sunburn, nerve pain from shingles, sciatica and other conditions, bladder infections, wound infections, septicemia, bed sores, abscesses, boils, pneumonia, conjunctivitis, burns from chemicals, boiling water and x-rays, urinary tract infections, jock itch, ringworm, athlete's foot, sunburn, bug bites, dry and cracked skin on heels, and fragile and broken capillaries. Try it for any and all skin conditions and to speed healing. People with allergies to nuts should test a small area of their skin for 24 hours. If skin turns red, do not use.
Many studies have been done regarding the antimicrobial powers of the many ingredients in tamanu oil. One interesting study conducted at University of Sherbrooke, Ontario in 1998 analayzed tamanu and determined that coumarin in the oil contained two compounds, calanolide A and calanolide B, which other studies concluded were useful against HIV. Japanese scientists trying to inhibit the Epstein Barr virus studied several 4-phenylcoumarins extracted from tamanu oil. They discovered that calocoumarin-A produced positive results. These examples and many others show a surprising number of uses to which this oil can be utilized. It is another of nature's marvels to be used wisely and effectively against many maladies.
Everyone wants a magic potion that will rejuvenate them with the exception of teenagers. Tamanu oil may not be a magic potion but it comes close in its ability to quickly repair and rejuvenate skin. For teenagers it works effectively on pimples. Whether you're a teenager or a great grandparent, tamanu oil has something to offer. Tamanu oil penetrates all three layers of skin and starts working its magic from the deepest layer up to the top layer of skin. It transforms injured or aged skin by prompting the skin to rapidly produce new cells. Scientists have not figured out why it has this effect but the effect is proven and well documented.
Dry, brittle and damaged hair responds well to tamanu oil. It is also wonderful for the scalp and will help alleviate scalp problems. Try leaving it on overnight and wash out in the morning.
A scientific study on tamanu oil by BioScience Laboratories has revealed that it measurably reduces even old scar tissue. This study was conducted over the short time period of nine weeks with measurable improvements within 6 weeks. Stretch marks dramatically fade with regular application of tamanu oil.
Tamanu oil is a luxurious rich and thick oil. It ranges from an opaque dark olive green colour to a dark chocolate brown. In its unrefined state it works best. The more refined oil is translucent and lighter in colour. The odor is woody/spicey curry. Tamanu oil is applied straight to the skin and is absorbed easily without leaving a greasy appearance. It is for external use only. For faster results, apply to the skin multiple times daily.
Enjoy the results you will get from tamanu oil, an ecologically sustainable, wild crafted, natural kernel oil.
Roger Baird is an alternative health researcher and advocate. He lives on Denman Island, BC. For more information visit: www.wildoiloforegano.com
Copyright Roger Baird 2010
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