If you’ve never endured the painful horror of a rash, I envy you. I have suffered through many rashes, but I'm fortunate to live in a time and place where oils from around the world seem to be at my disposal. The benefits of tamanu oil have made this exotic oil one of my most trusted beauty products, especially when it comes to less-than-pleasant skin conditions.
Not only has tamanu oil been researched extensively for its potent healing properties from anything from eczema to leprosy, but it’s got some pretty unique properties that anyone can enjoy — even if you're rash free. Tamanu oil contains moisturizing omega fatty acids and it’s well known to promote new, healthy cell growth. Its antimicrobial properties have been compared to the strength of antibiotics and the antioxidant properties are able to prevent sun damage and wrinkles.
Tamanu oil comes from the inside kernel of the fruit bloomed by the tamanu tree, which leads to a pungent, nutty scent and a weird blue-green color. But I wasn’t put off by the aesthetics of the oil once I learned all the amazing ways it can rejuvenate damaged skin.
Tamanu oil is so overwhelmingly versatile that it doesn’t need complex DIY recipes to do its job. Before you indulge in these five ways tamanu oil can revitalize your skin, do a test patch (and check your allergies!) because tamanu oil is considered a nut oil.
1. Treating Blemishes
Tamanu oil is great for healing acne. While some may think
the thick oil would be the opposite of what your zits need, the antimicrobial,
antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties are going to give your pimples
some ultra healing power. If you're wary of the consistency, sources at Aura
Cacia recommend including lavender
or tea tree oil to avoid clogging your pores.
2. Fading Stretch Marks
According to sources at Livestrong, tamanu is excellent in
minimizing the appearance
of stretch marks and studies have shown topical use of tamanu oil has
decreased the size of stretch marks with consistent usage.
3. Treating Ingrown Hairs
I've recently started using tamanu oil to alleviate the
inflammation of ingrown hairs that still seem to creep up on me even though
I've given up shaving. The bonus is that not only has it been helpful with the
painful bumps, but I've noticed that, when coupled with a few other ingredients like lemon and bourbon, tamanu
can lift the scars from shaving as well.
4. Healing Rashes
After trying several different oils, butters, and cortisone,
I recommended tamanu for a friend that had a serious rash from using her dry
brush too often. Pure tamanu oil has been most commonly used to treat rashes
because of its superior healing power, by promoting new skin tissue tamanu
oil speeds up the healing process.
5. Soothing Dry Skin
The same healing powers that make tamanu oil amazing for
rashes and acne are also going to be great for anyone with dry skin. Those with
dry skin and acne will have a field day with this new oil because it can work
on two skin problems at once. Put tamanu oil on cracked knuckles or any other place that needs some extra TLC.
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