Emu oil is an oil made from the fat of the emu, a bird native to Australia. It has been used for thousands of years by the Australian aborigines for the treatment of burns, wounds, bruises, and as a pain reliever for bone, muscle, and joint disorders.
Emu oil is approximately 70% unsaturated fatty acids. The largest component isoleic acid, a mono-unsaturatedomega-9 fatty acid. Emu oil also contains about 20% linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) and 1-2% linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid).
There is some evidence to suggest that the oil may have medicinal benefit. It is frequently used topically to soften skin and is found in ointments for dry cracked heels.
Emu oil has been shown in studies to aid in reducing scar formation in healed burn wounds, muscle sprains, and arthritis due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties.There is evidence that emu oil is also effective against foot fungus. It has also been shown to help with moderate to severe eczema.
We recommend Emu Tracks for further information on Australian emu oil.