What is Emu Oil?
The flightless Australian Emu has a thick pad of fat on its back which is used as a protective layer from other fighting birds and also supplies energy when food is scarce. This fat, which is taken from birds free from hormones or antibiotics, goes through a refining process to remove any unwanted contaminants. The end product is pure, refined Emu oil.
What does Emu Oil contain?
Emu oil is made up of two parts, a liquid fraction, olein, and a more solid fraction, stearin. Optimum results are achieved when used together. Emu oil is a combination of fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes.
Most importantly, pure Emu oil contains 21 amino acids as well as the following highly beneficial components:
Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 (essential fatty acids)
Vitamin A & E
Triglycerides (lipids very similar to those in human skin)
Terpines (antiseptic agents)
Sapogens (skin softeners)
Emu Oil is graded into the following categories:
Grade A Pharmaceutical From 0.01 - 5
Grade B Cosmetic From 5 - 10
Grade C Veterinary From 10 - 20
Benefits of Emu Oil
- Drug and chemical free
- Suitable for all ages and skin types, including extremely sensitive or irritated skin
- Safe and natural alternative to mineral oils
- Hypo-allergenic i.e. non irritating
- Non comedogenic (does not block pores)
- More compatible with human skin than vegetable or mineral oils
- Does not contain phospholipids which the skin rejects
- Speeds up healing
- Trans-dermal carrier for any other added therapeutic ingredients
- Deeply penetrates the skin
- Reduces inflammation
- Mildly analgesic
- A natural and sustainable resource
- Has no known side effects
- Does not interfere with normal skin function
External uses of Emu Oil
Emu oil has high anti-inflammatory properties and is an excellent moisturiser which does not clog pores.
Emu oil reduces pain, redness of the skin and any skin irritation and has enhanced healing properties.
Externally emu oil can be used for:
Arthritis – particularly on joints of hands, knees and ankles
Burns, including sunburn and radiation burns
Anti-aging as it improves skin elasticity and collagen re-growth
It also helps with age spots
Massage, neat or with a carrier oil
Bumps and bruises
Cuts and scratches
Muscle pain and sports injuries if massaged into the muscle
Dry eczema and psoriasis
Post surgery scars
Tattoo and piercing aftercare, and restores old faded tattoos
Adding a drop to your bath will moisturise and condition your skin
Internal Uses of Emu Oil
As a dietary supplement, Emu oils high essential fatty acid content:
Lowers cholesterol and triglycerites in the blood
Relieves arthritic and muscular pain, including gout
Lowers blood sugar
Lowers blood pressure
Reduces the effects of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Promotes healthy skin and hair
What gives Emu Oil the edge over Ostrich or other animal fats?
Emu oil is mainly unsaturated and contains short chained fatty acids
It consists mainly of oleic acid which is a monounsaturated omega 9 fatty acid
Emu oil does not contain phospholipids which cannot be absorbed into the skin, in contrast, emu oil will absorb through all the skins layers into the epidermal layer
It is an excellent carrier oil
It is hypo-allergenic and non comedogenic, so it does not irritate skin or clog those all important pores.
Ostrich and other animal fats:
Are mainly saturated fats and contain long chained fatty acids
Consist mainly of palmitic acid
Contain phospholipids which the skin blocks out meaning the oil will sit ineffectively on the skin surface
Can irritate the skin
Are comedogenic in that they block skin pores causing oily build-up and unhealthy skin
Current research has found some amazing similarities between emu oil and our own skin cells.
A fatty acid comparison between emu oil and human skin.
FATTY ACID COMPOSITION % EMU OIL HUMAN SKIN
Myristic 0.4 2.1
Palmitic 22.0 20.2
Stearic 9.6 11.2
Palmitoleic 3.5 3.8
Oleic 47.4 30.8
Linoleic 15.2 15.1
Linolenic 0.9 0.3
This unique similarity and the fact that emu oil does not contain phospholipids, are the reasons why the emu oil absorbs so readily into our skin with minimal chance of an allergic reaction. There have been no recorded reactions to pure emu oil.
DISCLAIMER - No clinical trials have yet been conducted with emu oil.
The above information comes from scientific trials, traditional uses and testimonials and
thus cannot officially claim to be from the use of emu oil.
No information contained within the pages of this website is intended as medical advice.
We make no medical claims,expressed or implied.
Please contact your physician for medical advice or problems.