Emu oil has been used by the Aborigines for thousands of years due to its healing properties. This oil is non-toxic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial, meaning that it can be used on both open wounds and through the skin without any problems.
Emu oil can be used to reduce pain that results from conditions such as arthritis, muscle and joint aches, swelling, haemmorhoids, bed sores, and burns. It can also be used on a plethora of skin conditions such as insect bites, razor burns, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and so forth.
Emu oil has a number of uses. Some of the most common are:
Research has found that emu oil contains many beneficial substances. It is rich in vitamin E, an anti-oxidant and healing agent; vitamin A, which is known for repairing the skin; terpines, which are antiseptic agents; sapogens, which are skin softening agents; linolenic acid, which relieves muscle and joint pain; oleic acid, which is a proven skin cell regenerator and anti-wrinkle agent; and essential fatty acids that the body cannot produce itself and that have anti-inflammatory effects in the dermal tissues. Emu oil is also non-comedogenic, meaning that it does not clog the pores of the skin, as many other oils will. This means that there will be no pimply outbreaks!
Emu oil, as an anti-inflammatory, works similarly to ibuprofen in that it reduces pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints and muscles. However, unlike ibuprofen, it has no side effects. Pure emu oil is also anti-bacterial – pure refined emu oil cannot grow bacteria and therefore it is virtually odourless and has a long shelf life. As well as being anti-bacterial, it is also anti-fungal.