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Old 02-09-2013, 07:39 AM   #1
 
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Default Anyone Ever Use EMU Oil?

I've seen quite a few articles on the merits of EMU oil. Has anyone ever used this oil?
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Emu oil is not plant based. It comes from the fat of a bird. Basically they harvest these birds just to kill them and sell the parts for beauty and health reasons.

Might as well use the fat that drips off the turkey from thanksgiving.
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Just use mineral oil because experts say Emu oil closely resembles the properties of mineral oil. Let the Emu birds live!!
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:58 AM   #4
 
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Oh wow...I never considered that. Know that sound uninformed but i guess i am. Thanks for the info!
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I read the birds still live after fat is collected. It also resembles human sebum which is why they say its good for hair. Hopefully they are not killing these birds. I'll read up some more on how they get the oil.

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Emu are now being raised as food animals, both in Australia and the US, providing meat that is closer to beef than poultry. Emu meat is high in protein, yet low in fat and cholesterol, and is being marketed as a substitute for beef.

Emu oil is oil that is rendered from the fat of the emu. Each bird yields five to seven quarts (approximately the same number of liters) of emu oil. It has a wide variety of uses, from cosmetics to machine lubrication. The aborigines, who lived in Australia before colonists settled there, used the emu as a source of food and other necessities, and have used emu oil for the aches and pains of age for centuries.

In skin care, emu oil is an effective emollient. Containing quantities of fatty acids, it is an excellent skin hydrator, and can act like collegen, plumping the skin cells with moisture and smoothing out tiny lines. As a result, emu oil is being widely marketed, either alone or in creams, for use on facial skin. Used on burns, sunburns and scrapes, emu oil can reduce pain and blistering and is even thought to reduce scarring. Several hospital studies of these effects are under way.

The most promising use of emu oil is in pain management. Studies in rats and double-blind studies in humans seem to indicate that using emu oil on painful joints over a two-week period significantly reduces the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Because emu oil penetrates the skin deeper than other emollients, it is also an effective medium for introducing other ingredients through skin absorption. A blend of emu oil and eucalyptus and/or white camphor essential oils could prove effective as a sore muscle rub.

There are no known adverse side effects to using emu oil. It is thought to be so effective at reducing pain, however, some pain experts advise against its use for carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive stress injuries. Their reasoning is that it may mask the pain enough to encourage the user to continue the repetitive motions that are causing the damage without modifying their routine, which might result in permanent nerve damage.

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ive used it i only used it a bit in my hair, i might have used too much cause it was rather greasy, and i use alot of oils. though i loved using it on my legs and hips and butt! it makes my skin very smooth and soft. its also meant to be good for strech marks, i used it on my hips and butt for the strech marks and it did make them heal quicker.
for my face it was also a bit too greasy. great if you have old scars aka stretch marks.
they do farm the Emus for their meat and get the oil from the fat. so no cruel killing is done.
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No i never used this before!
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Emu oil largely oleic acid, the same fatty acid in olive and avocado oil, the claims that is similar to skin come from the American Emu Association, ie. a highly biased source. The published studies in skincare are virtually non existent and not exactly impressive, most articles just copy and paste from AEA propaganda or sales sites.

Sebum clogs pores and is implicated in seborrhoeic dermatitis, can't really see the logic in adding a similar oil to the skin. More useful is to mimic or replenish the fats in the skin barrier, the stratus corneum. The closest for that is medical grade lanolin not emu oil.
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I don't know. I've used Emu Blue on my knee and it's awesome.
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Can someone recommend a brand/place to buy it? I'm looking for an oil to seal with.
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Can someone recommend a brand/place to buy it? I'm looking for an oil to seal with.

You may want to look at your naturals food store to see if there are samples of different brands available for you to try. I had to try three different brands before I found one that I like.
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Can someone recommend a brand/place to buy it? I'm looking for an oil to seal with.
Swanson's Vitamins has great prices on all different types of oils.
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I've used it on my face and my hair. It works. My daughter has used it on some horrible scars she has (dog attack) and it has diminished and softened many of them.
I've only tried one brand that came from Montreal (Emu Dundee Original).
I think it resembles the other oils we all use, Argan, Baobab, Jojoba, etc.
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I have tried EMU. A bottle last quite some time, if stored properly. I am out right now but buy one that has a blue label with gold writing. It's around $20. It was recommended to me after I had allergic reactions to cleansers, lotions, makeup.... Everything. I had a major hypersensitive moment. As Juana said, the Aborigines have used it for years. One of the primary uses has been for rashes/reactions. It's benefits for those with Arthritis are also said to be remarkable.

It cleared up my reaction very quickly. I applied a small amount, a few times a day, for 3 days. It worked wonders. I was also using honey and ACV as a toner but really feel the EMU oil was the most beneficial and fast acting.
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PS- When it comes to the cruelty issue... From my understand the bird has been common food for years. Basically like chicken here (not taste wise, but food availability wise). The oil extraction/rendering has always been a side part of that process. I am a meat eater and appreciate it when people do not waste or kill for one part of the animal, so that does not bother me. Some do claim to have a cruelty free EMU oil, but it just assures that the animal was used for food and no part was wasted. I had never heard of them being strictly killed for oil and discarded, but it would not surprise me if some did that.

I didn't know what to think when I tried it. It really does not have a scent and is an off white color. It reminds you of any other oil. It's not a regular purchase of mine, but if I have a serious reaction, it's what I go for (if available).

ETA: 250 oz of oil comes from one bird. Ranchers who raise them for the meat, extract the oil, but do advise people research the brand. Some are cut with canola or soybean oil. The majority of bottles I have seen are 0.5 oz to 1 oz. My former local herbal pharmacists (forced out of business due to newer regulations on herbal meds and moved to Canada) carried around 2 bottles of a good brand. Random Factoid, the oil was used for lamp fuel by early settlers in Australia.
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