While tamanu oil originates from nuts found in the South Pacific, the Western world was introduced to it in the early 20th century when French scientists, first using at to treat leprosy, also found many other uses.  

Today, we can import and export items from everywhere, so the far-off, exotic oil has recently become more appreciated. 

What’s interesting about this nut oil is that has all major types of lipids:

  • Glycolipids
  • Phospholipids
  • Neutral Lipids

Phospholipids are about as essential to healthy skin as anything one could name—they are naturally produced, and have both emollient and humectant properties.  You’ll find them in anti-aging medications.

While tamanu oil is great as a general moisturizer, it’s also a kind of heal-all for any local disturbances, such as eczema, rosacea, rashes, scars, etc.

Tamanu oil is very readily absorbed by skin and leaves a non-greasy feeling. It also has a mild, slightly nutty smell.