Tamanu oil or Calophyllum Indophyllum Seed Oil is an oil that is produced from the nuts of the tamanu tree.
Tamanu trees are native to Southeast Asia but flourish in the Melanesian islands of Vanuatu. Though they can grow inland, they prefer salty, sandy soil and grow best near coastal areas.
The nuts are allowed to fall naturally from the tree. They are then laid out on racks to cure for 6-8 weeks. The kernels then turn a brownish-red color and release a very rich oil. This oil is extracted by cold pressing and filtration.
It takes a lot of nuts to produce tamanu oil. In fact, four tamanu trees will generally yield only 20 litres of pure tamanu oil, hence the high price of this amazing essential oil.
Tamanu oil has proven antibacterial effects (Microna laboratory oct.2002 - °02/4500i) & (Indian J Exp Biol. 1970 Jan;8(1):39-40) and has been scientifically proven to moisturize, nourish and repair epidermal cells (Microna laboratory feb.2003 - N°03/0607i).
In addition, tamanu oil is hypoallergenic, anti septic, and has been reported to contain cancer chemopreventive agents (Cancer Lett. 2001 Aug 10;169(1):15-9).
What does this mean for your beard?
Conditions like beard dandruff, dry skin, inflammation, ingrown facial hairs, painful skin under your beard, and patchy cheek growth can all be improved with the healing properties of tamanu oil.
Left unchecked, these conditions will lead to facial hair breakage which will prevent you from growing a long, thick beard.
Due to tamanu oil's high price, many companies secretly dilute their tamanu with olive oil. At Beard and Company, we buy only the best 100% all-natural essential oils to use in our products.
Beard and Company's Extra Strength Beard Growth Serum contains all-natural essential oils formulated to moisturize and protect facial hair, injecting it with the vitamins, nutrients, and omega-3 fatty acids you need to increase beard growth.