Uses and Benefits of Emu Oil

About Emu Oil
As you may know, vitamin E oil and other essential oils work well to soothe and heal the skin. But what if there was something that moisturizes damaged, dry skin even better than these products-and helps to heal and protect the skin, too? Let us introduce you to emu oil!

What is Emu Oil?
Emu oil is a completely safe, 100% natural moisturizer and pain reliever. Emu oil is used in skin care and beauty products for the body, skin, nails, and hair; in pet products to reduce itchy skin from fleabites and to make a dull coat shine. Most importantly, emu oil can be used alone or combined with other ingredients to relieve pain. Emu oil contains no steroids or hormones, and is known for its normalizing abilities-it can slow down an over-performing body function or speed up one that is not performing well enough.

Emu oil can:
  • penetrate through and condition multiple layers of skin
  • reduce swelling and muscle soreness
  • heal burns, wounds, injuries, minor cuts and scratches
  • prevent and reduce scarring by enhancing the skin's growth activity
  • improve condition and rate of growth of hair, skin and nails
  • soothe discomfort from sunburns, insect bites, acne, eczema and rashes
  • help skin to withstand colder climates.

Characteristics of emu oil:
  • anti-bacterial
  • a low irritant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • non-comedogenic (will not clog pores).
  • low irritating potential
  • enhances growth of skin
  • stimulates hair follicles to proliferate and grow
  • has a natural SPF that enhances sunscreens
  • can be taken orally, ingested and injected

How does Emu Oil work?
Emu oil works better than other natural oils for several reasons:

1. Emu oil is almost 100% triglyceride lipid. Triglycerides (a type of fatty compound) are abundant in human skin lipids, meaning that the composition of fatty acids in human skin is very similar to that of emu oil. This makes the absorption of emu oil into human skin faster and more effective.

2. It is high in oleic acid, which increases its ability to carry compounds through the skin.

3. It does not contain phospholipids, which make absorption more difficult. This absence of phospholipids makes emu oil highly penetrating and allows it to absorb through the skin more easily.

Uses of emu oil documented by U.S. Government patents:
  • reduces inflammation caused by arthritis
  • prevents or reduces the severity of nosebleeds when applied to the nasal passages
  • prevents scarring if applied to a recent cut or burn
  • prevents stretch marks and aids in diminishing or completely erasing stretch marks.

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Some of this information has been taken from article written by, or studies published by, the following: Boston University, Dr. Margaret C. Craig-Schmidt, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition & Food Science, Auburn University, GR Hobday – physician in Western Australia Dr. Thom Leahey, practicing rheumatologist with a special interest in research regarding emu oil, Poly Labs Pharma, Inc., Allen Striekland, practicing pharmacist and a part of the research team of Dr. Paul Smith, professor of pathobiology at Auburn University, graduate of Florida A&M University, BS in Pharmacy, emu breeder, Mar Laboratories, Dr. Zemtsov, certified dermatologist, associate professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Indiana University School of Medicine and adjunct Associate Professor of Medical Education at Ball State University, co-editor of "Skin Research and Technology Journal". Some of this information was compiled by Bev Crump of Emu Treasures, Stanwood, WA.