Emu Oil

Emu Oil

What is Emu Oil?

Emu oil is oil obtained from emu bird; a flightless bird resembling an ostrich native in Australia; the bird has gained popularity in many countries; mainly China and India due to its valuable nutritious meat and medicinal oil. Emu oil is yellow in color, with mostly composed of fats. This oil has varied applications ranging from topical use to internal applications.


Composition (%) of Fatty Acids from the Emu and Human Skin
Fatty Acid Emu (%) Human Skin (%)
Myristic 0.4 2.1
Palmitic 22.0 20.2
Stearic 9.6 11.2
Palmitoleic 3.5 3.8
Oleic 47.4 30.8
Linoleic 15.2 15.1
Linolenic 0.9 0.3
Emu oil is a yellow liquid with an enormous amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), antioxidants, and other compounds. The massive amounts of PUFAs majorly include omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids that play an essential role to reduce inflammation, ease muscular pain, and arthritic joint pain. Vitamin A, the primary antioxidant is a perfect skin tonic. Additionally, carotenoids, flavones, phospholipids, and tocopherol are additional nutritious components.


For pregnant and lactating women, the information on the safety concerns regarding the oil is not yet known therefore to be on the safe side please avoid the usage of this oil. You should apply little oil on the back of your skin to see if you will develop an allergy before proceeding with your application. If your experience some stop using the oil. When you are purchasing emu oil, consider first its origin. The best emu oil is obtained from free-roaming emu birds. Restricted emu birds lead to the production of low-quality oil that has adverse effects on your body.


The use of emu oil originates primarily from Australian Aborigine culture, the broad applications they employed the oil include wound healing, pain relief, and skin protection. Below the article explores the full applications of this oil currently in the market.

Healing of Wounds

As the Australian Aborigine culture, the oil is still used in wound healing process. It contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and cell regeneration properties that aid in fast wound healing. Additionally, the oil boasts of the ability to penetrate deep into the skin, hence able to apply its features with more efficiency in your body.

Beneficial to Skin, Hair, and Nails

Application of emu oil on your skin is advantageous in a great deal. With its ability to penetrate the skin, enables it to reach the roots of skin cells. The nutritious components of the aid in the regeneration of skin cells in your body, thus reducing the appearance of skin wrinkles in your body. The oil also has broad applications in the treatment of skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, and shingles. Due to its plenty concentrations of anti-inflammatory products, it helps to reduce the pain in these infections.

Bug Repellant

Topical application of the oil helps repel insects. The oil contains compounds called terpenes that repel away insects; therefore the use of the oil will keep you a bay from insects.

Emu Oil for Massage

Research studies conducted in Australia, have shown the peoples apply it on their skin to prevent pain when it comes to injuries such as ligament injuries, muscle strains, and sprains.

Internal Benefits

Applications of this oil are not limited only to topical applications, but also you can use them for internal applications. Emu oil has vast amounts of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids. These fatty acids act when digested and absorbed into your body have shown to play a vital role in increasing the level of blood triglycerides, blood pressure levels with the ailment of chronic infections such as ulcers. The overall effect of the oil is a reduction of cholesterol levels in your body, hence keeping you safe from cardiovascular diseases.

Side Effects

Little side effects are documented on the effects though some people have reported experiencing skin irritation when applying the oil tropically, this happens in case your skin is allergic and protein sensitive.