Emu Oil is used for many health and medicinal benefits, and has extensive healing, soothing and anti-inflammatory health benefits. Its content of unsaturated fatty acids, omega 3, 6 and 9 and Vitamins A, E and K2 make it an excellent natural remedy for inflammation, which is the source of many health issues such as arthritis, joint aches and pains and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Emu oil is also bacteriostatic – It prevents bacterial organisms from growing, allowing for faster healing. It can also be used to treat sunburn, wounds and burns, benefit heart and bone health, and as insect repellant.
Emu Oil for Arthritis and Anti-Inflammatory Use
Emu oil contains a high content of unsaturated fatty acids and omega 3, 6 and 9 which have been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids are contained in emu oil; essential fatty acids which further aid in easing muscle pains and joints. Used topically, emu oil assists with inflammation-caused issues like arthritis, joint pains and swelling, muscle aches and skin inflammation.
Taken orally as a supplement (under professional guidance), studies have shown emu oil to treat internal inflammation-related issues such as Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and bowel damage caused by chemotherapy.
Emu Oil for Relieving Joint Pains and Aches
There are a number of ways emu oil helps with pain. Emu Oil’s anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to relieve pain related to arthritis, joint inflammation or stiffness and swelling. The composition of the oil is similar to human skin, allowing it to penetrate deep through the pores in order to target inflammation at the source.
While moisturising creams containing emu oil may assist with skin soothing and moisturising, only pure emu oil provides relief for joint aches and pains. Topical application directly targets trouble spots inflamed with swelling pain.
Emu Oil for Skin Repair and Antioxidants
Emu oil is great for your skin. Emu oil is high in vitamins A and E which are known skin repairers and its terpenes contain antioxidants which have been shown to help with inflammatory skin conditions. Emu oil can be used on the face and its bacteriostatic nature means that bacteria can’t grow in the oil.
Having a composition similar to human skin, emu oil is able to penetrate deep beyond the outer layers to the epidermis layer beneath to moisturise and nourish dry skin. Emu oil also contains oleic acid which aids in the penetration and hydration of dry skin while linoleic acids aid in skin cell regeneration.
Emu oil is also non-toxic, chemical free and noncomedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores and is ideal as a massage oil. Sapogens within the oil further soften the skin, making it ideal for those who have sensitive skin.
Emu Oil for Psoriasis
Pure emu oil may help soothe affected skin and reduce the dryness which accompanies skin build-up. Emu oil can also help to normalize skin cell growth to help reduce the excessive cell growth which causes the plaques on the skin.
Emu Oil for Rosacea
Emu oil helps with rosacea as it delivers moisture and bio-nutrients which help with the skin’s overall health and rejuvenation. Emu Oil also visibly reduces redness and inflammation while allowing the skin to breath. By increasing blood flow and cell permeability Emu Oil allows toxins to leave the cells and oxygen to enter, this process helps to flush out and drain inflammation from the tissue.
Emu Oil for Sunburn
Emu oil is an ideal healing and soothing agent for sunburn. Vitamins A and E aid in soothing and healing sunburnt skin. Oleic acid further aids in moisturising dry and sunburnt skin.
Emu Oil as an Insect Repellant
The anti-inflammatory qualities of emu oil make it an effective soother for insect bites and stings. It has also been seen to provide an effective insect repellant.
Emu Oil for Wound and Burn Healing
Indigenous Australians have been using emu oil to treat wounds for tens of thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory, soothing and healing properties.
Studies have shown emu oil to aid in scar healing formation for burns and wounds and reduce inflammation in scald wounds.
Emu Oil for Improving Overall Health
The vitamin K2, found in emu oil, is seen to benefit bone health, when consumed regularly with food. Similarly, regular consumption of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids is essential for human wellbeing and must be obtained from food. Emu oil is high in both these fatty acids and is an ideal way to obtain them.
Studies have also shown emu oil to lower blood and aortic cholesterol levels and reduce levels of calcium in arteries, improving overall heart health.
Emu Oil for Dogs and other Animals
Emu oil may also be used to treat animals suffering from joint stiffness, bruising, swelling and pain. For dogs, emu oil can be administered topically to the area or may be administered orally with food. Horses have also been shown to benefit from emu oil, as healing for wounds and joint inflammation.
Emu Oil for Curing Toenail Fungus
Recent experiments using emu oil have shown that emu oil is effective at slowly eradicating toenail fungus.
Emu Oil for Hair Growth
Early studies suggest that emu oil helps hair grow by promoting new hair follicles. Apply emu oil to your scalp and massage to help hair growth.
Emu Oil for Treating Cold Sores
Emu oil’s anti-inflammatory properties work on treating the inflammation of cold sores, while the emu oil also moisturizes the skin helping treat cold sores in two ways.
Emu Oil for Piercing and Tattoo Aftercare
Many professionals in the piercing and tattoo industry recommend emu oil to their clients for aftercare. Emu oil helps with anti-inflammation, pain relief and it’s anti-bacterial properties help to prevent infection.