The emu is one of tallest birds around the globe, they are mainly located in Australia. The emu birds’ skin is used to get one of the most beneficial oils, which is goes by the name of the Emu Oil.

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21 Benefits of the emu oil:

  1. Treats scars
  2. Treats wrinkles
  3. Treats the skin’s dryness
  4. Treats bruises
  5. Treats burns and many other skin damages such as (seborrheic dermatitis, alopecia, rosacea, hypopigmentation, and shingles).
  6. Rejuvenates the aging akin
  7. Repairs the damaged skin from the sun
  8. Treats wounds and small cuts,
  9. Moisturizes the skin
  10. Reduces bug repellant
  11. Elevates HDL cholesterol which helps the health of the heart
  12. Decreases the triglyceride and blood pressure which also helps the health of the heart
  13. Improves the mental health
  14. Improves the health of the liver by reducing the fat around the liver
  15. Being crucial for brain development of the infants
  16. Increases the health of bones
  17. Averts asthma
  18. Decreases the risk of inflammation
  19. Reduces ulcers size and potentially treating ulcers
  20. Reduces breast sensitivity
  21. Reduce waist size and losing weight

 

Emu oil’s history goes back as far as forty thousand years ago, where the Australian Aborigine culture have recorded orally. They have used the emu oil in the past in order to get rid of muscles pain, they also used emu oil for a faster process of healing wounds, and finally use it as a shield from the environment sources such as sun and wind according to emu-oil.com. The Aborigines had many methods in order to collect emu oil, one of the these many ways was hanging the skin of the emu bird on a tree branch and collecting the oil from the skin. Another benefit of hanging the skin on the tree in the sun is due to the sun had a great impact by liquifying the fat in the emu oil which made it a much easier for the emu oil to be absorbed by the skin. The Europeans were presented to the emu oil by the aborigines as a natural protection from the sun, however over the years they discovered all these benefits for the oil, such as treating bruises, healing wounds, burns and also prevents dry skin buy nourishing the skin. Emu oil’s color is yellow which is mainly consisted of fat, it contains three different omega fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acid, omega 6 fatty acid, and omega 9 fatty acid. All of these fatty acids collaborate and work together in order to decrease the inflammation of any part of the body, they also decrease the pain in the muscles along with limiting joint pain according to Dr. Johnson in an article he published in 2017. Along with all these benefits that Emu oil offers, it also could rid of minor wrinkles and minor scars on the face, and also sustain a healthy skin cells also according to Dr. Johnson. According to webmd, emu oil could also be used for variety of other things, webmd stats that emu oil could be used for scaling rash, coughs, diabetic nerve pain, dry and wrinkles skin, hemorrhoids, high cholesterol, insect bites, shingles, and weight loss along with showing no side effects on most people which is a very great additional advantage to how much benefits we get from the emu oil.

 

omega-fatty-acidsEmu oil contains Omega 3 fatty acid which is one of three different fatty acids that is contained in this oil, omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fat which is a type of fat that the normal body is incapable of making. The term poly means many while the term saturated means that it is doubled bonded, which when you put them together it means that the omega 3 fatty acid has many double bonds. Omega 3 is referred to where the last double bond is located in the structure, in this case of omega 3, it is three carbon away from the tail which is also called “omega” and that is what the term omega-3 comes from. Omega 3 is one of the essential of the human cell membranes (Wang, 2012) (Eslick, 2009), they help ameliorate the health of the heart by elevating HDL cholesterol (Oelrich, 2013) (Spadaro, 2008), while decreasing the triglyceride and blood pressure (Minihane, 2016). In terms of the emu oil improving the mental health of individuals is due to the omega-3 capability to reduce the depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia  (Amminger, 2010) (Amminger, 2015) (Dinan, 2009) (Stoll, 1999) (da Silva, 2008). In addition that omega-3 could reduce waist size and losing weight which could lead to better mental health and physique according to doctor Shichun (Shichun, 2015) (Hill, 2007) (Du, 2015) . Omega-3 also improves the health of the liver by reducing the fat around the liver (Parker, 2012) (Faeh, 2005) (Spadaro, 2007). In terms of supporting brain development, the omega 3 that is being contained in emu oil along with omega 6 and omega 9 have been proved to be crucial for brain development of the infants  (Mozurkewich, 2012) (Innis, 2008), while also decreasing the risk of inflammation and treating it which could eliminate many long-term diseases (Fortin, 1995) (Calder, 2006) (Kiecolt, 2011). Since fish are known to be high in omega-3, it has been proven according to previous research  (Nilsson, 2012) that it could improve the function of memory for elder people or in other words slow the process of dementia over the time (Van Gelder, 2007). Finally, omega-3 increase the health of bones and also avert asthma according to previous studies (Noreen, 2011) (Mangano, 2013) (Mickleborough, 2004) (Nagakura, 2000) (Yang, 2013).

 

As for omega-6 it is also a polyunsaturated fatty acid meaning it has many double bonds just like omega-3, with the only different being the location of the double bond, being from the sixth carbon this time compared to omega-3 being on the third carbon. While omega-3 had many factors that were beneficial for the skin and organs, omega-6 as well has many great benefits. Omega-6 can be consumed in food, in which they are used as a source of energy, and the most common omega-6 is an acid called linoleic acid (Robert, 2011). Omega-6 has been noted to decreasing the chances of having a chronic disease. Gamma linolenic acid or in other words GLA, is a well known omega-6 fatty acid which according to previous studies, it has shown that a large amount of GLA would decrease the change of getting rheumatoid arthritis (Robert, 1996). Also one of the very rare and great benefits that omega-6 provides is that it has been observed according to previous experiment to aid curing breast cancer when it is being consumed along the breast cancer drug rather than the breast cancer drug along (den Hartigh, 2018). CLA or conjugated linoleic acid is also an additional formation of the omega-6 which has shown that it decreases the fat mass in the body (Laura, 2019).

 

Finally omega-9 is the last omega fatty acid that emu oil contains, however omega-9 is different form omega-3 and omega-6 because it is a monounsaturated fatty acid, which means it contains only one single double bond and it is placed nine carbons away from the omega end. Just like omega-6 contains linolenic acid, omega-9 contains what is called oleic acid. Previous studies have revealed that omega-9 and oleic acid have a very huge impact on the plasma triglyceride, it has shown that it decreases plasma triglycerides almost 20% while it also decreasing VLDL cholesterol by more than 20% in individuals that are diagnosed with diabetes (Finucane, 2015). This shows the great benefit of omega-9 while also another great article have experienced feeding monounsaturated fat to mice and concluded that it made the mice more sensitive to insulin which would help with type 2 diabetes and also the inflammation in mice were significantly reduced, the study also mentions that the same case occurred when it was tried by humans (Garg, 1998).

 

What could be concluded from all the benefits that we get from all three omega fatty acids is that emu oil is a great cure for many things skin problems such as scars, wrinkles and also organs within the body. Emu oil is known for its great benefit for magnifying the moisturizing of the skin, emu oil is characterized by being absorbed very easily by the skin which aids the skin’s dryness and having cracks and that reduces the skin damage. In addition, for helping with skin dryness, emu oil also aids with decreasing wrinkles in the skin, it rejuvenates the aging akin and it helps repair the damaged skin from the sun. According to a previous research, (Attarzadeh, 2013), it was observed that the emu oil had helped in skin damages such as wounds due to having the capability to going in deep in the skin and having painkiller impact and antioxidant levels it is also able to help with small cuts, bruises and burns and many other skin damages such as (seborrheic dermatitis, alopecia, rosacea, hypopigmentation, and shingles). Another skin factor that the emu oil helps with is reducing bug repellant by fighting off the insects and that because the emu oil contains “terpenes” according to previous research (Jeengar, 2015). Previous articles have shown that patients who consume emu oil also have a lower cholesterol levels that people who do not consume (Wilson, 2004), while another experiment has shown that emu oil also helps reducing ulcers and treating it and decreasing the size of the ulcers. Finally for mothers, emu oil is very beneficial for breast sensitivity for mothers who experience pain due to an abnormal pull by the baby that occurs in breastfeeding (Zanardo, 2015). This pain and abnormal movement of the breast could potentially cause soreness of the skin, cracks in the skin and that would lead to drying the skin and causing pain. However, previous researchers have found that emu oil helps healing all these events that may occur to the breasts but also suggest upon applying emu oil or emu cream to wash the nipples prior to breastfeeding the baby.

 

shows how beneficial emu oil and emu cream is for the body, while also having the most important factor which is being safe to apply, it is a 100% natural product with little to no side effects have been reported.

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