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Tamanu Oil

Calophyllum inophyllum

Tamanu Oil

Tamanu Oil is also known as Foraha Oil and Calophyllum Oil.

I love keeping Tamanu Oil on hand because I have found it to be helpful for easing pain and reducing inflammation. I include it in the personal blends that I use for restorative skin concerns, and I've found it helpful in gradually reducing the appearance of scars.

Tamanu Oil is a deeper colored oil with a distinctive, nutty aroma. Someone once remarked that Tamanu Oil smells somewhat like butter pecan ice cream, and I agree with that.

Tamanu Oil isn't a particularly thin or light oil, but it absorbs reasonably well. Upon application, it leaves a very thin barrier that seems to help protect the skin. This is likely due to its natural composition of plant waxes. If desired, it can be easily blended with lighter carriers to create a lighter carrier oil blend.

The constituent profile shown for Tamanu Oil in Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage indicates that Tamanu Oil is comprised of approximately 20% saturated, 40% monounsaturated and 40% polyunsaturated fatty acids. It also contains the anti-inflammatory coumarin known as calophyllolide as well as waxes and other beneficial compounds.

Primary Fatty Acids in Tamanu Oil

  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid (Saturated): 12-15%
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid (Saturated): 8-13%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid (Monounsaturated Omega-9): 35-49%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Polyunsaturated Omega-6): 21-40%
  • C18:3 a-Linolenic Acid (Polyunsaturated Omega-3 EFA): 0.3-1.3%

Source: Len Price with Ian Smith and Shirley Price, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage, 4th Edition, Fourth Impression (United Kingdom: Riverhead, 2014), 200.

Botanical Name

Calophyllum inophyllum

Typical Method of Production

Cold Pressed


Strong, nutty aroma.


Medium - Thick


Moderate absorption with slightly oily feel if used in excess


Dark Green - Dark Greenish Brown

Shelf Life

1-2 Years

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General Safety Information

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