Emu Oil – What Is It & What Are The Benefits?
Why Do We Use Emu Oil?
Today’s Emu industry was based on the traditional use of the oil for the treatment of skin problems and of arthritic pain. Modern research now confirms that the many beliefs are justified and it does in fact have significant benefits for these conditions. The benefits can be attributed to it being a highly penetrating oil which has anti-inflammatory action. As it is fast absorbing and hypoallergenic it benefits people with dry skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Two of the key essential fatty acids found in emu oil are: linolenic acid and oleic acid . Results indicated that this oil is highest in monounsaturated fatty acids, with lower amounts of saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Oleic acid (18:1) was found to be the major monounsaturated fatty acid, comprising over 40% of the total fatty. Much smaller amounts (less than 5%) of the palmitoleic acid (16:1) were found. Linoleic acid (18:2) at 20% of the total was the primary polyunsaturated fatty acid were observed and 2+ % alpha-linolenic acid
Basically emu oil is a mixture of 100% pure fatty acids, and a great source of the essential fatty acids (EFA’s) Linoleic and Linolenic. which cannot be produced by the human body, and must be obtained from our diets.
It’s use is due to it’s remarkable skin penetrating and softening properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties. (Mainly due to the hight levels of EFA’s) When treated in the correct manner ( How it is rendered),it does not promote bacterial growth and in its pure form, hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic (does not clog the pores of the skin).
It is high in Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids (the healthy fats) which are essential for good health, and which are involved in many processes within the body, including growth, energy and nervous function.
Penetrating Qualities – Why does it work?
Oleic acid is a known enhancer of transport of bio-active compounds through the skin. In other words, the high presence of oleic acid in the emu oil may be one of the reasons that it is able to penetrate the skin to a large degree and at the same time be able to carry active compounds through the skin where they can have an effect in the body.”
It has the following properties:
* Anti-inflammatory action
* Bacteriostatic, does not promote the growth of bacteria
* Hypoallergenic, not known to cause skin irritation or have any side effects
* Highly penetrating, non-greasy, absorbs without leaving a greasy feel
* Non-comedogenic, does not clog pores.
The Oil naturally contains:
* Vitamin E, a major antioxidant and healing agent
* Vitamin A, a known skin repairer and antioxidant
* Linoleic acid, which eases muscle aches and joint pain
* Oleic acid, a proven skin cell regenerator, anti-wrinkle agent
* Sapogens, proven skin softeners
* Terpines, known antiseptics.
Reducing Pain & Stiffness
Naturally enriching emu oil with pain relieving essential oils can reduce discomfort and soothe sore muscles and joints. It penetrates deeply and quickly and with the benefits of essential it can help relieve pain from leg cramps, muscle aches, pains and strains, and general tiredness.
* Reduce joint and muscle pain, stiffness and swelling.
* Help alleviate discomfort of arthritis, shingles, and other inflammatory conditions.
* Decrease loss of time due to discomfort or injury.
* Use prior to or after exercise to prevent muscle strain & stiffness.
Questions & Answers
How does Emu Oil work?
The main properties of emu oil are that it has high penetrability, can moisturise and nourishes the skin with essential fatty acids. It doesn’t clog pores, it’s hypo-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and pain relieving. Emu Oil penetrates the outer skin and nourishes and heals the skin at the deepest levels.
How do I use the Pure Oil?
Emu Oil is a very economical oil . A few drops will moisturise your whole face without the need to massage for more than a a minute of so. The oil is quickly absorbed into your skin. It will leave your skin smooth and soft to the touch without the greasiness.
Is it suitable for sensitive skin?
Yes. When treating irritated or sensitive skin it is important to use the 100% Pure Emu Oil or an oil that is as close to 100 % as possible. It is completely hypo-allergenic and non-irritating even for sensitive skin. Remember if you are sensitive to wheat, use the 100% emu oil.
Does The Pure Oil have a scent?
It has very little or no scent at all. Low quality oil which has not been processed correctly with a high water content may go rancid faster than it should, so buy from a reputable supplier. It is recommended that in hot weather the oil is refrigerated. When processed correctly, the pure oil has a shelf life of up to two years. The addition of 5% wheatgerm oil acts as a natural preservative and a natural source of Vitamin E.
Can it be used for aging skin and wrinkles?
It is a very efficient moisturizer because of its Fatty Acid Composition and because it hydrates the skin. As moisture increases the, the plumpness of the skin increases making wrinkles less obvious. Use an product that is an natural as possible.
Does the oil get rid of stretch marks?
Emu Oil blended with wheatgerm oil is a great combination for stretch marks. Wheatgerm is a natural source of Vitamin E.
Is Emu oil safe for pregnant women?
Yes, it is safe for pregnant women but it is recommended that only the pure oil be used (without essential oils). Some essential oils are to be avoided during pregnancy. It is best to avoid all in the early stages for safety. Consult an expert before you use any essential oils.
Can it be used on babies?
Yes, the pure oil is great for nappy rash and any other skin irritations. Many use the pure oil in the bath water for an all over moisturizer.
Can you use it on hair?
It will brighten and soften hair as well as moisturising your scalp.
Can it be Used On Pets?
Again the pure oil can be used on pet’s skin problems, minor wounds and aching joints. Remember, essential oils cn be used on dogs, floral waters/hydrosols are used for cats.