The Emu is a prehistoric, flightless bird thought to have
roamed the outback of Australia some 80 million years ago.
Much like the Native American's relationship with the bison,
the Aborigines of Australia looked upon the Emu as the core
of their existence. The Emu provided them with food, clothing,
shelter, medicine, and spiritual subsistence.
The Australian Aborigines were the first people to find out
about the great healing properties of the oil obtained from
this bird. They have used it for thousands of years as a valued
remedy to protect,heal and moisturize their skin from the
harsh Australian sun and to keep their muscles and joints
supple. It was not long before most pioneers had a pot of
the oil in their medicine cabinets and reported remarkable
The Composition of Emu Oil
Emu oil is made up of fatty acids which are mainly (70%) mono
and poly unsaturated fats. It also contains different essential
fatty acids, Linoleic acid (Omega 6) and Alpha-Linolenic acid
(Omega 3) which are highly beneficial. Omega 6 helps replenish
skin cells, and Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory properties.
The main fatty acid (up to 40% or more) is Oleic acid (Omega
9) which is mono-unsaturated and is said to be beneficial
in reducing inflammation and pain. Fatty acids are essential
in our diet as they help maintain cell growth and help control
blood clotting and inflammation.
Because of the primitive nature of the oil, there is ongoing
university and private research currently underway to fully
determine the oil's benefits and applications.