Emu oil is prepared from the fat of a flightless bird called an emu. Emus resemble an ostrich and are native to Australia. One bird produces 230 ounces of oil used to make emu oil cream. The cream contains great benefits on the human skin and overall health compared to other oils. Emu pure oil easily penetrates deeper into the skin and is rich in beneficial ingredients like antioxidants, Oleic acid (43%), Linoleic acids (21%), and Palmitic acid (21%). These compounds help fight high cholesterol, dry skin, healing wounds, and inflammation. Although emus are reared by different farmers in different countries, the best emu oil cream has been reported to be from Australia as it has no additives and is very pure. After emu fats are collected, they pass through several processes and filters until pure oil is obtained. The type of this oil depends on levels of processing and filtration.
The oil can be used as a carrier oil and be mixed with creams and lotions to help the skin absorb beneficial ingredients better. It can also be taken as an oral supplement in capsule form.
As a moisturizer, the cream improves hydration and prevents water loss.This oil as a base better penetrates the skin than pure oil.
Lower Cholesterol and Lose Weight
Together with Exercise and Calorie restrictions, oil can reduce obesity. People sensitive to seafood can change from fish oil capsules and use emu oil capsules instead.
Reduced Skin Aging
Emu oil has great positive effects on the production of collagen. Collagen is a compound that keeps the skin free from wrinkles, makes it plump and elastic. In cases of oxidative stress that lead to skin aging, the oil’s antioxidant properties help relieve the stress and maintain a good skin condition. A research study carried out in 2016, showed that mixing the oil Emu with vitamin K and caffeine leads to fading of dark circles under the eye and improved skin elasticity.
As a source of fatty acids, the oil improves digestion when taken orally. It also reduces gastrointestinal diseases like inflammatory bowel disease. When ingested, the oil empties the gastric system, provides better intestinal transit and improves absorption in body cells.
Healing wounds, sun damage, and scars
Emu oil cream is used for healing bruises, burns, and cuts. The linoleic acid in the oil lightens aging spots, decreases acne scars and spots and increases hair follicles in a wounded area.
Acts as a Bug Repellent
Terpenes, a natural insect repellent is a substance contained in oil Emu. It is effective on cockroaches, head lice and bugs. It, however, acts as an attractant to mosquitoes and should therefore not be used outdoors.
Increased Nail and Hair Growth
Mixing a few drops of emu oil with peppermint oil and massaging on the scalp improves hair growth. Emu oil cream promotes the growth of new hair follicle. Ingestion via capsules improves not only growth but also nail and hair health. Cases have been reported of increased hair density, decrease in hair loss and less brittleness in nails and hair after using emu oil creams. The results will show after 2 to 5 months.