About Emu Oil

What is Emu oil?

Emu oil is a type of oil that comes from the Australian bird known as the Emu, Dromaius Novaehollandiae. This indigenous bird is the largest in native Australia and the second-largest by height in the world, after the ostrich. The bird is farmed for its meat, leather, and of course, the fat. The emu oil together with eucalyptus oil have historically been believed to offer relief from fevers, coughs, pain, arthritis, cuts and bruises. It is claimed to offer anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects.


Going deep into the product, it varies in color viscosity. When the bird has had a natural diet, it turns out to be a yellow liquid. The bird’s natural diet includes a variety of plant species and depended on the season. To get that yellow liquid, it needs to have been feeding on fresh grass shoots, wheat crops, a large variety of fruits and other crops. The bird also feeds on insects including grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars, larvae and ants. They also eat seeds of various plants and related plants. To help in digestion, hey also require pebbles and stones. Captive birds are known to eat charcoal, marbles, jewellery, nuts and bolts.

These birds drink depending on availability. When it is abundant, they will drink frequently and often do it continuously for 10 minutes. When not available, they can go for up to two days. Early settlers used the bird’s oil for a variety of purposes. It was harvested for polishing weapons and also for fuelling lamps.

Modern Day Use of Emu Oil

Modern day use of the product is varied and diverse. The oil is rendered for use in cosmetics and therapeutic products. Though no evidence has been found to prove its anti-inflammatory properties, this is probably due to the lack of interest in extensive research and tests to prove this property. Nevertheless, it has been approved as an unapproved drug by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Tests on rats have revealed interesting findings about the product. There have been connections to its ability to ease gastrointestinal inflammation. Other tests have shown the product has a much more significant effect over olive and fish products in the treatment of joint pain and other arthritis related conditions.

Though not fully understood, it has been scientifically shown to accelerate the healing process of wounds. A recent study has even claimed that the fat product has better anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative potential to other oils.

Despite the lack of any conclusive findings and research proving its positive effects on humans, it has been promoted and marketed as a dietary supplements. There are no standards for its supplements and as a result, it has sometimes been deceptively marketed, resulting in claims of it being a health fraud.

The Oil Constituents

Harvested from the subcutaneous and retroperitoneal fat, the fat is liquefied to get the final oil product. It consists of a variety of acids including organic pigments produced from fats known as carotenoids and plant pigments known as flavones. The fat covers most of the bird’s body between the flesh and the hide. Emu oil has the highest concentration of naturally occurring Omega 3.

A single bird can potentially produce up to 250 ounces of oil with a single selling for approximately $10. Due to its profitability, production has increased in the last few years with some processors, like the LB Processors, who is one of the leading processors, increasing their production from 3,000 gallons to 7,000 gallons per year. According to the owner of the company, the demand is so high that the industry was not affected by the recent recession.

Varieties of Emu Oil

There are about four varieties of the oil product that you can choose from depending on use. All these products come from Australia and include creams, ointments and other supplements from emu fat. The Pure Australian Emu Oil is used for relieving muscle and joint stiffness, moisturizing, and encouraging skin rejuvenation that includes hair follicle re-growth and skin cells. It can be applied on the skin every day.

The Emu Oil Plus is recommended when you need relief from joints, muscle pain and for skin rejuvenation. If you have severe problems in any of these areas, it is encouraged you use this product after which you can result to using the Pure Australian Emu Oil to help maintain your rejuvenated skin, muscle and joints in perfect working condition.

The Emu Cream can be used on any part of the body due to its moisturizing effects. If you have dry and chapped skin areas, then this is the oil to apply to regain that perfect skin.

The Emu Ointment has relaxing properties and can be applied anywhere on your body. It is recommended for travellers and since it does not melt, it can e used at bedtime to help in relaxation.

How to Use Emu Oil

There are no known side effects to any of the above oil products. It is also non-allergic with no reported cases that should cause you any alarm. For the wary ones, it is however recommended to do a test run to ensure you don’t get any skin irritations. Do a skin test by applying some of it on the inside of your arm for about 24 hours. Any itchiness or skin redness could be a sign of an allergic reaction and discontinued use is encouraged. This however rarely happens.

To get the desired effects, start by selecting a small area of your skin and massaging that part for about 2-3 days as frequently as you possible. If the results are favourable, you can then extend to other parts of the body and only use it about 1-2 times a day. Once you are comfortable with the results, you can use it as often as possible since there are no side effects.

The oil has a shelf life of up to one year after purchase. Based on the above usage directions, 50g of the product should last between 6-8 weeks.

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