How to Use Tamanu Oil

How to use Tamanu Oil for Stretch Marks, Eczema, Acne & more

Tamanu Oil is an anti-inflammatory oil often used for skin conditions such as:

  • cold sores
  • psoriasis
  • eczema
  • acne scars
  • general scars
  • burns
  • stings
  • stretch marks
  • mosquito bites
  • toenail fungus
  • dry scalp
  • flaky, scaly or overly dry skin.

Tamanu oil is also a topical healing agent with antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antioxidant properties. The anti-inflammatory properties of Tamanu Oil have been noted in research studies. However limited research has been done to date on other skin treatment properties of Tamanu Oil.

Tamanu Oil is similar to Vitamin E in fatty properties that help soften wounds, scars and stretch marks. More research exists for Vitamin E than Tamanu Oil however.

Unlike Jojoba, there is a definite scent to Tamanu, sort of a mesquite smell. It is not terrible, but it would conflict with a floral scent perfume. It is, however, less of a scent than some topical ointments.

There is a greenish tint to the golden color; a very tiny bit of Tamanu Oil goes a long way.

WARNING: Tamanu oil should be avoided by those with nut allergies.


Some use Tamanu Oil for hair growth to reduce inflammation of the scalp. Tamanu Oil is thicker and more aromatic than Castor Oil, making it difficult to work with for a scalp massage if not combined with another more liquid oil.

Tamanu oil is also believed to hydrate hair and hold moisture. It is a common hair treatment in Polynesia.

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