The History & Benefits of Emu Oil

The History & Benefits of Emu Oil

Posted by Dale Bannister on

The Emu bird is native to Australia which is why the history of emu oil can be traced back to Australian Aboriginals who have used it for thousands of years. There are many ailments emu oil has been linked to helping such as healing wounds, skin conditions, joint pains and even weight loss.

At all the shows we attend, people are always surprised that we sell emu oil, their even more shocked at the long list of benefits it has!

What is emu oil?

As the name suggests, emu oil comes from the large flightless bird that is native to Australia. The fatty tissue of an emu is removed and refined to produce the products you can find in our emu oil range.

Emu fat contains a multitude of beneficial compounds such as omega 3, 6 and 9 which have been proven to have many health benefits for mind and body.

What are the benefits of emu oil?

Medical research into the benefits of emu oil is still in its early stages, however it has been linked to health improvements such as:

  1. Skin, Hair & Nails

Emu oil is a fantastic moisturiser as it penetrates beyond the first layer of skin unlike some moisturisers on the market, this allows all the essential oils to boost all layers of the skin. Studies have shown it can even reduce the signs of ageing such as age spots & wrinkles!

Many people use emu oil for skin conditions including psoriasis & eczema due to its moisturising ability and anti-inflammatory effects. It can help improve cracking & scaling skin whilst also soothing itchiness and redness.

Emu oil has also been linked to improving with hair condition and potentially with hair growth. Emu oil is absorbed deep into the scalp and research has indicated it can reactivate dormant hair follicles, promoting new growth.

  1. Muscle & Joint Pains

The anti-inflammatory effects of emu oil provide great relief to muscles and joints with many arthritis suffers using it to relieve the swollen joints. This anti-inflammatory effect can also be used to treat additional conditions such as headaches & migraines.

  1. Burns & Cuts

Research has indicated that using emu oil not only speeds up the healing of cuts but also for burns. The Australian Aboriginals were found to use emu oil to treat sunburn and as a sunscreen, protecting them from the Australian climate.

  1. Reducing Cholesterol

Some studies have suggested that emu oil can reduce cholesterol when taken orally when compared to other oils. Some research has also shown it can help boost the bodies metabolism, potentially helping with weight loss!

  1. Breast Sensitivity

Due to emu oils deep moisturising capability, it is ideal to help new mothers with sensitivity or pain. Please be aware that emu oil hasn’t been proven safe for babies to ingest, any residual oil should be removed before continuing to breast feed.

Additional Benefits

Other known benefits of emu oil are:

  • Increases energy levels
  • Increases lung function
  • Decreases cancer risk
  • Improves liver, kidney, and gland function
  • Improves digestive system
  • Reduces constipation
  • Strengthens immune system


There are many reasons to use emu oil from treating wounds & burns, to aiding hair regrowth. Take a look at our emu oil range and try it for yourselves!

There have been no reported side effects from using emu oil, however we are not medically trained, and the content of this article is for advice purposes only, if you have any concerns we recommend seeking medical advice.

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