Calophyllum Oil

Feb 3, 01:43 PM

Calophyllum inophyllum, besides being a wonderfully alliterative botanical name, is a very useful vegetable oil that is sometimes known by its common names, foraha or tamanu. Calophyllum is produced by expression from the dried and aged seeds of calophyllum tree fruit, native to Madagascar and Tahiti.

This greenish oil is traditionally used for all manner of skin problems, including acne, eczema, boils, cuts, burns and insect bites. It contains phytochemicals which are anti-inflammatory in nature, as well as those which encourage phagocytosis.

Calophyllum is frequently and mistakenly described as an essential oil, since it is biochemically very active and often used in tiny amounts in aromatherapy blends. It is important to realize that this viscous, often grainy oil is a carrier, not a steam distilled essential oil. However, calophyllum's pronounced "butter pecan" aroma generally makes it undesirable used solo as a base carrier. It is best used in the manner of an herbal infusion such as calendula or St. John's wort oil, as an additive to boost the overall effectiveness of an aromatic synergy. The oil is a wonderful addition to any kind of blend involving wounds or skin infections of a very pustular nature.

A classic use for calophyllum in contemporary aromatherapy is in the treatment of shingles, where it is blended with ravintsara (Cinnamommum camphora ct. cineole) and topically applied to the lesions.

 

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