Thousands of years ago, in the remote islands of Tahiti, the natives found a large and unusual tree growing wild near ocean lagoons. They called it the "ati" tree. Several species of the tree grow wild in many tropical climes in the Pacific Triangle. In Hawaii, the tree and nuts are called kamani; in Fiji the name is ndamanu and fetau in Samoa. The variety of the ati tree which flourishes in Tahiti, calophyllum inophylum taitense is regarded as one of the prime and most coveted varieties of the tree growing anywhere.
The ati tree produces white, perfumed flowers and later a small fruit. The tamanu fruit is edible and tastes a bit like an apple. When the fruit is removed or falls away, the fruit's kernel or shell contains the tamanu nut. When the kernels are dried in the sun for a few weeks, they turn brown and give off a characteristic odor. With drying, the oil content of the nut becomes very high, in spite of the fact that the oil does not exist in the ripe fruit. Ati trees grow wild and no pesticides or man-made fertilizers are used. Natural mulch from the trees themselves fertilizes the trees.
The ancient Tahitians soon discovered that the dried nuts contained the tamanu oil and they soon learned to extract the oil from the nuts and use it for skin care. The hot sun, high humidity, and the sea winds laden with salt made it imperative they find something that would help them protect their skin. With tamanu oil available to the natives, successful skin care became possible for them. They believed that tamanu oil was a natural skin care aid, skin protector and cosmetic. It was the natural sunburn lotion and moisturizer of the time.
|Product: ||Tamanu Oil|
|Brand: ||NJP Products (More Products)|
|Size: ||1 oz.|
|Dosage: ||Use as needed|
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