Laurelwood is a plant. The nut and other plant parts are used to make medicine.

Don't confuse laurelwood (Calophyllum inophyllum) with blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides).

Laurelwood is used for leprosy, hemorrhoids, scabies, gonorrhea, vaginal infections, and chicken pox. It is also used for viral infections, such as HIV.

Tamanu oil from the nut of laurelwood is used for skin conditions including sunburn, rashes, burns, psoriasis, dermatitis, scratches, skin blemishes, acne, skin allergies, bedsores, rosacea, and hemorrhoids.
When taken by mouth: There isn't enough information to know if laurelwood is safe or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough information to know if laurelwood is safe. Some people might be allergic to tamanu oil, the oil from the nut of laurelwood.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if laurelwood is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


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  • A skin condition that causes redness on the face (rosacea).
  • Acne.
  • Bedsores.
  • Burns.
  • Chicken pox.
  • Gonorrhea.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Itchy skin infection caused by mites (scabies).
  • Leprosy.
  • Rashes.
  • Scaly, itchy skin (psoriasis).
  • Scratches.
  • Skin allergies.
  • Skin blemishes.
  • Sunburn.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of laurelwood for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate dose of laurelwood depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for laurelwood. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Laurelwood interacts with any medicines. Before taking Laurelwood, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


Laurelwood contains compounds that have been tested in the laboratory and seem to be somewhat effective against HIV. However, there isn't enough evidence to know if laurelwood works for medicinal uses in humans. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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