The emu is a large, flightless bird that resembles an ostrich and can run up to 40 mph. Standing nearly six feet tall, it can weigh more than 120 pounds. Native to Australia, the emu was first hunted by the Aborigines for its leather, meat and oil. The Aborigines used the oil for alleviation of arthritic symptoms and muscle aches as well as wound treatment and various skin conditions.
Since that time, emu oil has been the subject of many studies that scientifically confirm the Aborigines were on to something. If properly refined, emu oil is hypoallergenic and completely safe. It can be taken as a supplement or used externally as a cream or rub.
As a supplement, emu oil is used to regulate cholesterol levels, control blood sugar, boost energy, increase metabolism, strengthen the immune system and alleviate the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. It has even been reported to stimulate hair re-growth.
When used externally, emu oil is able to deeply penetrate the skin. Having high levels of oleic and linoleic acid, it can ease pain in the muscles and joints and reduce the inflammation of eczema and psoriasis. Non-comedogenic (does not clog pores) and non-greasy with antiseptic properties, emu oil is also an effective acne treatment and wound healer as well as an excellent moisturizer for all skin types.
Although Aborigines still hunt and use emus the way they used to hundreds of years ago, emu farming has become popular in recent years, and emu ranches can now be found in several countries, including the United States. Consequently, emu oil is very easy to obtain, but it must go through a stringent refinement process to minimize contamination. In America, emu oil should only be bought from ranches that carry the “Certified Fully Refined” seal of approval from the American Emu Association to ensure safety and effectiveness.
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