Tamanu Review


When we ran out of my order from you last year, we bought a cheaper brand.  Unfortunately, it was awful, stunk and gummed up.  Your brand and quality is fantastic, works wonders on healing cystic acne, makes my pores smaller and improves scares and stretch marks.  Putting it on a red spot and the redness and swelling is gone by the morning! Seriously, it is like a wonder drug without side effects!  Now my husband wants to try it.  We will be traveling by Motor Home this year, so wanted to stock up on the little 2 oz bottles.  Are there any heat or storage problems we should be aware of.  Thank you, Mrs. G

Thx, no just store it in a dry place – should be good for about 2 years.

Get some here!

Tamanu Success – Tamanu helps heal sore on dog!


I recently purchased Tamanu Oil from you. I wanted to let you know how impressed I am with it. My dog has had an ongoing skin infection for 4 years. After 2.5 DAYS of using the tamanu oil, it has seemingly disappeared. I have attached pictures to demonstrate the difference the Tamanu oil has made.

I had to share my experience in the event it may help someone else.

Please feel free to use my photos and testimony.

Thank you so very much for providing such an amazing product.

TO – www.hermanshangout.com

Sore before applying Tamanu Sore after applying Tamanu - only 4 days.

Tamanu Oil for Keloid Scars

Hi, Dr. Ettinger!

My wife has suffered with a large, painful and growing keloid scar on her left shoulder at the site where she received her childhood vaccinations. I also believe that was the cause of the keloid scarring in the first place. Would tamanu oil be the best oil to put on this to relieve the pain and to possibly reduce the scar (or at least keep it from growing any larger)? Or would EMU Oil be more effective in your opinion?

The pain is SO BAD right now that she wants to go to a dermatologist to get a STEROID SHOT which I do not recommend, but she feels there is NO ALTERNATIVE. Do you know what the side effects are from the steroids shots used in treating keloid scars so that I can educate her?

Thanks for letting me know as soon as possible, Dr. Ettinger. I appreciate all of your help!

P.S.–Do you ship UPS Ground? The reason I ask is because UPS is the only major carrier that does not irradiate any of their products.

Dr. Ettinger’s Response:

Based on the urgency, I’m cutting to the quick. I would alternate oils throughout the day. If there is no relief, to her satisfaction, go for the shot (side-effects are far less than her pain) and continue with the oils.

Our organic, Tahitian tamanu oil is of the finest quality and purity and is what I use every day. We do ship UPS ground.


Go immediately for the shot and use the oils afterward. Personally, I would not want to watch my wife in pain until the package arrives.

Let me know what you decide and what works.


Dr. Marcus Ettinger, B.Sc., D.C

From New York University’s Langone Medical Center website:

Principal Proposed Natural Treatments
Keloid Scars
Other Proposed Natural Treatments

When the body repairs a wound, it often does so by creating fibrous scar tissue. Internal scars that may develop following surgery can cause significant pain. Surface scars are generally painless, but they may be cosmetically unpleasant. In some cases, scars on the skin can develop into a special form of oversized scar called a keloid. Keloids are generally red or pink, and often form a ridge several millimeters above the skin. These scars occur when the body continues to fill the scar with collagen after it has healed. Darker-skinned people are more likely to develop keloids than those with lighter skin.

Conventional treatment of any type of scar is less than entirely satisfactory. Keloids and other scars on the skin may be reduced in size by freezing (cryotherapy), steroid injections, radiation therapy, or surgical removal. However, a new, even more, visible scar may develop in the place of the one that was removed. Similarly, removal of painful internal scars may lead to the new formation of painful scar tissue.

Proposed Natural Treatments

The herb gotu kola is said to help remove keloid scars. 1,2 When used for this purpose, it is taken orally, applied to the skin, or injected into the scar. However, there is no reliable evidence that it is effective.

According to some schools of acupuncture, surface scars impede the flow of “energy,” and thereby cause various illnesses. Acupuncture treatment of both surface and internal scars is said either to shrink them or, at least, to reduce their effects. However, there is no meaningful scientific evidence to indicate that acupuncture offers any benefits for scars.

Other natural treatments proposed for scars, but again without reliable supporting evidence, include: Aloe vera, allantoin, coconut oil, collagen, elastin, jojoba oil, lavender oil, massage, magnet therapy, selenium, snail extract, tamanu oil, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc.


1. Kartnig T. Clinical applications of Centella asiatica (L.). Herbs Spices Med Plants. 1988;3:146-173.
2. Bosse JP, Papillon J, Frenette G, et al. Clinical study of a new anti keloid agent. Ann Plast Surg. 1979;3:13-21.

Dr. Ettinger    

Tamanu (kamani) oil for age spots and as a hair conditioner

Q: Dear Dr. Ettinger,

I just saw your informational video on Tamanu Oil.  Would this product be effective on age spots?  And could one use this product on one’s hair as a conditioner?

Thanks again,


A: Carmelita,

I add it to my conditioner bottle for an extra punch – good call! Age spots are tricky. It works wonders on some and not so wonderful on others. If you get it for your hair, try it on the skin and see what happens.


Dr. Ettinger

Response back: Dr. Ettinger,

Thanks so much for your quick reply. I Didn’t find your suggestion of adding the Tamanu Oil to one’s hair conditioner on any of the websites I was researching for further information on this product. What a great idea!!! I need that extra punch for my hair!

As for the age spots, I appreciate your honesty on this fact. At least you’re not afraid to give someone an honest answer. You should see the advertising out there on some web sites guaranteeing that age spots will disappear with Tamanu Oil.

Thanks again,


Tamanu Oil for Blepharitis and Melasma?

Certified Organic Tahitian Tamanu Oil (Kamani Oil)

Hello Dr. Ettinger,

I suffer from blepharitis and I’m wondering if I can apply tamanu oil on my eyelids.  I came across some info on the internet that it can be used for conjunctivitis (I assume it’s because of its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal properties).  If so, should it be applied undiluted or diluted (with a Q-tip)?

I also suffer from long-standing hyperpigmentation (uneven patches/streaks on my cheeks) on my cheeks and old acne scars which are more like shallow, irregular craters. Will tamanu oil help in filling in the indentations?

Thank you in advance.

Mary Smith


Application of the undiluted tamanu oil w/a Q-tip should be okay. As far as hyperpigmentation goes, it’s most likely not going to work. My wife has melasma and we have tried everything, nothing seems to work. She does use it as a moisturizer and it works very well for that.


Marcus Ettinger BSc, DC

Dear Dr. Ettinger,

Thank you for your reply.  I will tread cautiously when applying (initially diluted) tamanu oil on my eyelids.

Yes, hyperpigmentation/melasma is extremely difficult to overcome.  You didn’t say if, in your practice, you’ve encountered success with tamanu oil in filling in shallow acne scars (one of the benefits of tamanu oil is that it helps with acne scars, but I’m not sure which kind – raised, rolling, etc.).   Would appreciate a quick feedback with regard to that, at your convenience.  Thanks.


Mary Sue


Deep pits caused by acne vulgaris are hard to resolve, even with chemical peels or laser. Collagen regeneration will help to reduce the depth and plump-up the area, and works best for mild scaring. Everyone’s chemistry is different and what works for one may not work for another. Our Tamanu oil is not expensive and will have some positive impact on your skin. It’s worth a try.

Another option is more expensive, but will yield the best results: Use the oil for a while along with a .5% retinol product 1-2x/wk, and get the skin very healthy. Now the expensive part: You will have to save about $3,000 for Fraxel (less down time), or CO2 or erbium laser (more down time)

Let me know where you live and I can refer you to a reputable cosmetic/laser dermatologist (if interested). Please e-mail me in a couple of months and give me an update.


Marcus Ettinger BSc, DC

Dear Dr. Ettinger,

Thank you for your tips.  I don’t have deep cystic acne scars (fortunately), but do have what I describe as shallow, irregular craters (with several medium-sized indentations).  It was because of that that I went for a peel many, many years ago that resulted in my hyperpigmentation due to sun exposure.  You might say that I traded one skin problem for another (and I still have acne scars!).  It was obviously a potent peel and I was NEVER cautioned by the derm to avoid the sun or use sunblock which wasn’t a household word back then.

I tried various treatments after that fiasco – HQ, Retin-A, Obagi (which resulted in rebound hyperpigmentation when stopped), microdermabrasion (the first two were fine, but the third increased the size of my already darkened areas on my cheeks), Cosmelan II 5 years ago(again, initially I was overjoyed but after a week to 10 days’ use brought forth not only darker patches but streaks as well) and more recently about a year ago the Wonderbar, the negative results of which I’m still recovering from.  My skin has yo-yo-ed between getting worse and better all these years.  Funnily enough, the times when my hyperpigmentation was at its lighter phase were when I stopped doing “treatments” and used natural/organic skin products.  For almost the last two months, I’ve been using rosehip seed oil on my face and it seems to have helped lightened my hyperpigmentation  – not that I haven’t used rosehip oil in the past – but perhaps I didn’t give it enough time back then.   Also the brand or the type may have made a difference.  As you know, rose hip oil is rich in natural retinoic acid – perhaps that’s what helping with both my skin issues.

The fact that I am oriental also complicates matters.  I cannot risk having laser or aggressive exfoliating treatments whether it’s for acne scars or hyperpigmentation/melasma.  Although mine is not melasma per se, one derm and one esthetician did term it as such.  (One very reputable laser I went to see advised me against the laser precisely because of my being Asian.  Of course, laser technology has considerably improved since the ‘80s, but I cannot take that risk).  I’ve often wondered if the peel I had ages ago went too deep because the pigmentation has never completely faded, but the fact that my skin has experienced lighter phases has given me hope for further recovery.

In the meantime, I will patiently keep on using what nature has to offer.  I find that switching from chemical sunscreens to physical ones has also helped.  That said, I’m still looking for the ‘perfect’ sunblock.

Thanks again.



P.S.  In your opinion, is it okay to apply tamanu oil over the rosehip oil, or is that overkill? (Will one counter the other, or worse still, will they “clash”?)


The Tamanu will be perfectly okay to use in conjunction with Rosehip oil. Since Rosehip oil can irritate skin I would use one of the oils at night and one in the morning. It’s a personal choice which rotation you want to use.

As far as sun block goes, I like SkinCeuticals Physical UV Defense SPF 30. I sold/used it in my MedSpa that I owned for 3 years. For my Asian patients, I used Tri-Luma to lighten hyperpigmentation. SkinCeuticals Phyto + is a natural alternative to Tri-Luma.

You may also want to get yourself a sun-protection hat. Coolibar is what I carried.

I hope this additional information is helpful.


Marcus Ettinger BSc, DC

Organic certification is the hallmark of quality!

An organic update from CAOH

One of the earmarks of a high quality supplement company is demonstrated by their Organic Certification.  In order to receive this certification, you go through a rigorous inspection process to ensure that the products you are offering meet all the guidelines. 

CAOH goes through this inspection process every year!  (We just did again!)  We want to make sure you know that we are making every effort to keep our quality and value ahead of the curve.

Whenever possible, buy organic!

Organic products form CAOH®

Important: Why is it important that products be certified organic?  First of all, it guarantees that you are getting a product that is free of additives, chemicals and preservatives.  Secondly, because buying certified organic ensures that you are actually getting the real item.  Buying certified organic ensures that you are buying the real thing at its best!

Here is a list of our organic products:

Goji Fusion® – Goji Juice w/ Camu Camu
From Our Perfect oji Garden™
32 oz – Lycium barbarum L.
Amazonian Camu Camu
USDA Certified Organic!
Absolute Goji™ 100% Pure Goji Juice
100% Pure Goji Juice
Certified Organic
17 oz – Lycium barbarum L.
Organic Goji Berries
Hand Picked and Sun Dried
16 oz Bags 500mg
No Sales Tax!
Absolute Goji™ 100% Pure Goji Juice
100% Pure Goji Juice
Certified Organic
17 oz – Lycium barbarum L.
Mangosteen Elixir®
Certified Organic Mangosteen
32 oz – 100% Pure
Mangosteen and Fruit Juices
Absolute Mangosteen™
100% Pure Mangosteen Juice
Certified Organic and Kosher
17 oz – Garcinia mangostana L.
Certified Organic Acai
32 oz Superfruit Therapy Drink
The absolute finest available!
Absolute Acai Powder™
Fresh New Batch
Absolute Acai Powder™
Freeze Dried Acai Powder
100% Pure – 120 Grams – 4 oz
100% USDA Organic and Kosher
Absolute Acai Capsules™
100 – 500mg Vegetable Capsules
Made from organic freeze dried Acai.
Maqui Max™
Certified Organic Maqui Juice Blend
32 oz – 100% Pure Juice
Maqui + Fruit and Berry Juices
Almost Nude Noni Juice™
Certified Organic Noni and Kosher
Certified Tahitian Noni
32 oz Bottles
98% Pure Noni Juice
Totally Nude Noni Juice™
Organic Tahitian Noni Juice
Certified 100% Pure Organic Noni
32 oz Bottles
High Molecular Weight Polysaccharide
Organic Aloe Vera Juice
with Red Grape Seed Extract
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Certified Organic – 100% Pure
2 oz Bottle (60 ml)
100% Tahitian Organic Tamanu Oil
USDA Certified Organic
Natural Skin and Wound Care
2oz Bottle
Oregano Oil (2 oz)
Pure and Organic
Natural Carvacrol equals 69
No Additives!
Flax Seed Oil – High Lignan Flax
High Lignan Flax Oil
1000 mg – 120 Softgels
Certified Organic & Non-GMO

Antioxidant Nutrients and Atopic Dermatitis in Children

Source: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Eczema is a chronic skin condition, characterized by dry, red, flaky patches of skin.  Eczema appears most commonly on the face, neck, elbows, wrists, knees, behind the ears, and on the scalp. During acute episodes, the patches become oozing, inflamed, and itchy.  There are currently two recognized classifications of dermatitis: atopic and contact.  Contact dermatitis is typically aggravated by direct skin contact with allergens, such as chemicals, wool, lanolin, soap, or cosmetics.  Atopic eczema is usually triggered by inhaled or ingested allergens, such as certain foods, pollen, dust, or animal dander.  Some literature discusses a third classification, "dysregulatory microbial eczemas."  This category refers to eczema caused by the introduction of microflora into the horny layer of the skin, and a breakdown in the epidermis, resulting in inflammation.

Food allergies appear to play a significant role in atopic dermatitis.  The presence of severe eczema has been associated with an increased tendency to produce food-specific IgE antibodies.  Although the subject is debated, maternal antigen exposure during pregnancy and lactation may increase the chance of eczema in infancy.  Studies have confirmed that women who avoid antigens during pregnancy and lactation, and exclusively breast feed have reduced occurrence of infants with atopic eczema.

Antioxidant nutrients help support the immune system especially when the body is under stress, thereby, reducing the risk of many illnesses including cancer, cardiovascular disease and other chronic degenerative diseases.  It is not advisable to take large amounts of one or two antioxidants while excluding the rest.  For optimal protection, a nutritional supplement program should include multiple antioxidants.  The primary antioxidants are vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, selenium, coenzyme Q10, and lipoic acid.  Also, there are other powerful antioxidant sources such as selenium, grape seed extract, and green tea.  There are many other nutrients that also function as antioxidants.

AA case-control, population-based study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition to investigate the link between antioxidant nutrient intake and the risk of atopic dermatitis (AD) in children.  The researchers enrolled 180 children with atopic dermatitis and 242 without AD all being five years old.  Their diets were assessed by using a validated semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire and fasting blood samples were used to analyze fat-soluble vitamins such as retinol, alpha-tocopherol, beta-carotene and vitamin C.  The results were a reduction of AD by 56 percent in children with the highest intake of beta-carotene in comparison to children with the lowest intake.  There was a similar association with vitamin E at 67 percent, folic acid at 63 percent and iron at 61 percent reduction in AD risk.  Highest levels of alpha-tocopherol were associated with a 36 percent reduced risk of AD and retinol was at 26 percent lower risk.  The researchers stated “These findings suggest that higher antioxidant nutritional status reduces the risk of AD and that such risk-reduction effects depend on nutrient type.”

1. Oh SY, Chung J, Kim MK, et al. Antioxidant nutrient intakes and corresponding biomarkers associated with the risk of atopic dermatitis in young children. Eur J Clin Nutr. Jan 2010.

We offer several antioxidant rich supplements, but here are two to choose from:

Kidamins™: Liquid Multi Vitamins for Children age 1 through 12!

Liquid Power Multi-V™: Complex Multi Vitamins for the whole family.

Being troubled by eczema myself – I have found that Noni Juice, Tamanu Oil and Seabuckthorn Oil are quite helpful when my eczema flairs up!


Video on 100% Pure Tamanu Oil from California Academy of Health

Tamanu Oil – Topical vs. Ingesting?

Pure Organic Tahitian Tamanu Oil

Tamanu Oil (sometimes called Kamani Oil) is a totally unique and highly effective, broad-spectrum, skin-care product.

USDA Certified Organic

Important: Why is it important that our Tamanu oil is certified organic?  First of all, it guarantees that you are getting a product that is free of additives, chemicals and preservatives.  Secondly, because buying certified organic Tamanu ensures that you are actually getting Tamanu oil.  We have been selling Tamanu for about 7 years, and since Dr. Oz's recent recommendation Tamanu has increased in popularity.  It has also increased the number of Tamanu products on the market and many of them are not pure Tamanu or may not even contain Tamanu.  Buying certified organic Tamanu ensures that you are buying the real thing at its best!

100% Tahitian Tamanu Oil

No additives, added oils, or preservatives!

Cold Pressed/Unrefined/Virgin

California Academy of Health's search for the most potent natural products has led us to the tropical island archipelago of Vanuatu where tamanu, an oil rich in antioxidants, is produced.

Tamanu, as it is known by native Tahitians, is a “sacred oil”  used for centuries to naturally treat skin irritations and promote wound healing and regeneration of new skin.  Tamanu oil also possesses natural antibacterial and antifungal properties and has demonstrated efficacy against various human and animal pathogens.

As early as 1918, French researchers investigated the unique topical benefits of tamanu oil.  Traditionally, the oil has been used by Pacific islanders on cuts, sores, burns, blemishes, rashes, bites and stings. Tamanu oil contains three basic classes of lipids: neutral lipids, glycolipids, and phospholipids.  Tamanu oil also contains a unique fatty acid called calophyllic acid, and a novel immune supportive and anti-inflammatory agent called calophyllolide which promotes the formation of new, healthy skin.  Tamanu is not only topically immune supportive, it is anti-inflammatory on the skin as well.  Modern applications of tamanu oil are in the forms of advanced skin care products, anti-wrinkle creams, and lotions.

Get our Tamanu oil here!

CAOH News Letter April 19, 2010

Next Page »