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Emu Oil

Native to Australia

The Australian Emu

Emu oil is an oil made from the refined fat of the Australian Emu, (Dromaius novaehollandiae), Australia's tallest native bird which grows to more than 1.5 m (5 feet) tall and weighs over 45 kilograms (100 pounds).

These giant flightless birds are farmed for their meat as well as their oil and the emu is the second largest living bird after the African ostrich.

History

Emu oil has been used for thousands of years by the Australian aborigines for the treatment of burns, wounds, bruises, and as a pain reliever for muscular aches and pains, insect bites, sunburn, windburn, dry skin and joint disorders.

Properties

Emu oil consists of approximately 70% unsaturated fatty acids of which the largest component is oleic acid - a mono-unsaturated fatty acid. Emu oil also contains about 20% linoleic (Omega 6) acid and 1-2% linolenic (Omega 3) acid. Emu oil is a complete neutral lipid, since emu oil lacks phospholipid, penetrates the skin easily and it also has anti-inflammatory and immune enhancing properties.

Used for:

Emu Oil is a popular over the counter natural topical or oral medication for relief of many common conditions including; arthritis / arthritic joint pain, razor burn, ulcers, aid in the relief of sunburn, wounds, muscular aches, eczema, joint pain, psoriasis, aiding in the healing of injuries, bed sores, burns, lowering cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease, reducing scar formation in healed burned wounds.

Manufacturing

Emu oil production goes through strict guidelines and procedures with Australian government organisations such as AQIS-Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, Primesafe and the TGA-Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Certifications:

Classified as a dietary health supplement, Emu oil is listed as a complimentary medicine with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia AUST L 97836.
Classified as a Health Supplement by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) of Singapore.
Classified as a Food Supplement by the German Health Authority PZN 4188070/41880ul
Certified Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) HCV00387

Purchasing
Emu oil can be purchased from many health stores and pharmacies.

Further reading
Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids

 

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