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Q: What does an essential oil profile consist of? Also, what can you tell me about callophyllum carrier oil?
A: I have seen the phrase "essential oil profile" used in two ways: one to indicate the individual biochemical constituents of the oil and the other to indicate its properties and the conditions for which it is effective. The biochemical analysis is done by means of a GC/MS (gas chromatography/mass spectrography) report. To see how these reports are used, click: GC/MS Article. If you'd like to see some examples of essential oil profiles, you can check you the essential oil profiles section of our blog.
Calophyllum inophyllum is also known as Tamanu and is grown in the South Seas and Madagascar. It is a thick, sticky oil that has been said to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) properties. It comes from the South Sea Islands where it has been used for hundreds of years to treat sciatica, rheumatism and wounds. It is also useful for burns. It has been recommended for use on mucous membrane lesions. It must be used sparingly and must be mixed with another carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil. Do not confuse this with enriched cocoa butter which is sometimes sold as Tamanu or Palm Kernel Butter. J.P.