Debra Lynn Dadd

Emu oil

QUESTION:

What can you tell me about emu oil? My massage therapist swears it helps arthritis pain and when I search the internet it sounds like it is also great as a skin lotion. Is there anything to it? It seems expensive on line and I haven't found it locally yet.

POSTED BY GRANDMA KAY :: VIRGINIA USA :: 01/17/2008 5:22 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

I probably can't tell you anything you haven't already read on the internet.

Emu oil is made from the refined fat of the Emu, a bird native to Australia. It has been used for thousands of years by the Australian aborigines for the treatment of burns, wounds, bruises, and as a pain reliever for bone, muscle, and joint disorders. It is frequently used to soften skin and found in ointments for dry cracked heels. Studies have shown that Emu oil aids in reducing scar formation in healed burn wounds, can help muscle sprains, and can relieve arthritis due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Readers, anyone have any experience with this?

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

~ Emu Oil And Hair Loss ~

Emu Oil is an excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal agent that can rejuvenate skin cells and produce up to 80% in healthy Hair growth. Studies show that the benefit of Emu Oil for hair, is that it increases the synthesis of DNA in the epidermis stimulating skin regeneration, hair follicle development and growth, and the proliferation of the cells around the hair follicle.

Emu oil has been shown to help promote the growth cycle of Hair Follicles and greatly reduces inflammation, which is believed to be a factor in Hair Loss. On a normal head of Hair there are roughly 100,000 strands of Hair, each going through its own cycle. Normally about 90% of Hair Follicles are in the anagen phase. Normal Hair grows at a rate of about 1/2 inch per month with an average person shedding about 100 Hairs per day. Emu Oil has been found to work remarkably on improving thin Hair and preventing Hair Loss! Emu Oil is part of an H2G Essential Oil Complex that penetrates through several layers of the dermis, nourishing the Skin and promote the growth cycle of Hair Follicles. Emu Oil is One of the highest sources of Omega 3 6 & 9 fatty acids. Emu Oil is non-comedogenic (does not clog skin pores).

Emu oil can be used for: Hair loss, Pain relief, Burns, Bruises, Sunburn, Acne, Stretch marks, Arthritis, Headaches, Wrinkles and fine lines, Athletes foot, Eczema, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Dry Skin and Many more.

(External Use Only)

See your physician for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

Dino Haidas & Janet Richards

POSTED BY DINO HAIDAS & JANET RICHARDS :: MASSACHUSETTS USA :: 02/01/2008 6:13 PM


In California, my mom had to start using Jurassic Secret emu oil for severe psoriasis - it really helped on badly cracked hands. Sometimes she would cry with the pain. After moving to Missouri recently she hasn't needed to use it much, probably the difference in humidity.

She is on prescriptions for psoriasis also however.

POSTED BY DENNIS :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 02/11/2008 3:03 PM


I am wondering how many birds have to be killed so we can have a nice massage? I think we should all think about where our "natural" products are coming from and killing a bird for a special oil is not very natural to me.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: The answer is zero. Emus are raised for meat and emu oil is a by-product that would otherwise be wasted. EmuMagic FAQ has some comments about how their emus are raised and how the oil is harvested. They say:
EmuMagic is fortunate to have control over the product from its inception. Emu oil comes from the fat of the Emu. By controlling the feed quality and intake, we are able to maximize the beneficial properties of the fat. Through control over the harvest, storage, processing, refining and packaging we assure the efficacy of our oil and preserve its quality. And by storing our oil in cold temperatures we prolong the life of our products.

We are pleased that our birds are all hormone, steroid and anti-biotic free, and that they are all treated in a humane manner and never subjected to feed lots, cramped or unhealthy conditions. All of our products are prepared and manufactured in accordance with all Federal Drug Administration regulations, and processing occurs under USDA inspection.

The diet of the Emu determines the chemical content of the fat it produces. According to Dr. Michael Whitehouse, Emu Oil chemistry varied significantly in relation to the effectiveness of the oil. EmuMagic oil comes from birds that are consistently fed the best premium feed diet to produce a consistent fat chemistry. It is not blended with fats from birds on lesser feed programs.

The birds are raised commercially for human consumption. We waste very little of the birds, in fact we recover about 95-97% of the bird for by-products. Unfortunately, we have found no effective way to extract the fat without harvest. Therefore, our birds are always humanely harvested and we are present at each harvest to ensure our standards are met.
Of course, other emu oil may come from birds that are not so carefully treated.

If I may, I'd like to just comment on a couple of things you said.

First, emu oil is not just about "having a nice massage." It is used in products because it is healing in many ways. EmuMagic also says: "Emu oil is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids. It is non-comedogenic (it doesn't clog pores like most oils); it is a natural anti-inflammatory; it is a deep penetrating trans-dermal carrier, meaning it deeply penetrates the skin layers; it penetrates quickly; it is a natural moisturizer; it aids in cell regeneration; it reduces wrinkles; it retards scarring; it favorably impacts the human immune system; it is hypo-allergenic and bacteriostatic; and it is odorless."

Regarding the naturalness of killing emus...it is a fact of nature that every organism survives by consuming other organisms. Yes, emus die for us to have this oil, but plants die for us to eat salad (and it's been scientifically proven that plants have feelings too). There is no product that does not take some part of life for it's existence. We could look at it from the viewpoint that we are always killing, or we could look at it from the viewpoint of living because of the gifts we receive from other organisms. I stopped being worried about this when I learned that there are micro-organisms that are feeding off my own body and when my body dies, if it were left in a forest, all kinds of other micro-organisms and animals and birds and even plants would be nourished by it. Life is a big cycle of life forms being nourished by other life forms. What seems unnatural to me is how we are cut off from even knowing about how nature works in our industrial society.

Because destruction is inherent in all creation, it's not about ceasing to destroy, but to use the life forms that are taken with respect, for good purpose, with efficiency and little waste, and appreciation, and to have the sum total of our actions tend toward health and sustaining life. To me, this IS being natural.


POSTED BY ELIZABETH SHIPLEY :: CA USA :: 02/18/2008 7:41 PM


I have been using emu oil I get from a group of farms in Vermont for three years now from the Big E in MA. It's all natural and 100% pure. I love it as a moisturizer on my face, hands and feet. I swear it's even helping my occasional acne (at age 48 still!)as I stopped using ProActive acne products 2 years ago. I've also used it on burns and cuts as it helps with healing and the pain. And it's awesome to massage into sore muscles. I don't have sore joints but they say it's great for that as well. Check it out at www.vtemu.com cause their prices aren't bad. And anyway, I only use a drop or two at a time so it lasts. Tell them Sally W. from West Hartford, CT sent you!

POSTED BY SALLY :: CONNECTICUT USA :: 02/19/2008 5:58 AM


I too have been using emu oil for burns,it is amazing,I keep a bottle in the fridge.Even though my family eats no meat,I did feel quilty using a animal product.But I have not found anything else that works wonders.

POSTED BY EUPHEMIA :: HAWAII USA :: 02/20/2008 11:13 AM


I just have to comment about this product, for anyone considering using it over other options for pain relief or any other purpose.

As a nearly total vegetarian, I was repulsed by the fatty smell of the emu oil I tried. It was offered at a church coffee hour by a woman who praised it as highly as some of the other commentators here have done. The price was $10 an ounce. Now I don't care how far "one drop" may go, that is a pricey substance!

I can buy 8 ounces of beautiful, effective, certified organic sweet almond oil for less than one third of that price.

And it isn't just price, at least not for me. Organic vegetable-based carrier oils can be infused with a few drops of (organic, if you like) essential plant oils to make massages that are equally healthful and curative and wonderfully aromatic, as well.

Why use high-priced bird fat when the plant world offers a huge assortment of lovely, economical, health-giving alternatives!

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Personally, I use certified organic sweet almond oil for massage oil. The point about emu oil is that it has healing properties that go beyond almond or other plant oils. I like to use substances that are best for the purpose. I think emu oil would be more than needed for a massage, for example, but might be most appropriate for some of it's healing properties.


POSTED BY JANE :: MASSACHUSETTS USA :: 02/20/2008 11:32 AM


I really must agree with Elizabeth Shipley. We do not need to be using an oil that harms another being that we share the planet with. And.....Emus are sentient beings who have a social order and raise their young. Plants are not.

Actually, I prefer to live in harmony with all of nature. I don't even kill ants.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: With all due respect to your concern for life, the way life works is that life forms must die for other life forms to live. Every natural product we use, every food we eat, every flower we enjoy...these are all living organisms. We couldn't survive without taking some life somewhere.

Plants DO have feelings. Many years ago, when I was a teenager, a read a book called The Secret Life of Plants that reported on an experiment which was done to see if plants have feelings. A plant was hooked up to some kind of electronic device (I don't have a copy of this book in front of me--I'm going on memory here) and a fresh vegetable (peas come to mind) was placed in a pot of boiling water. Immediately the plant that was not being cooked registered a very strong response. This made a deep impression on me that I still remember decades later (here's a website with a similar experiment).

My understanding is that every living thing has a spiritual aspect, an intelligence that organizes physical matter into a living thing that grows and changes and reproduces. So every living organism needs to be respected. You say you prefer to live in harmony with all of Nature. Are plants not part of nature? You seem to be willing to kill them.

I know you feel passionately about animals; I feel passionately about plants, too. Since it is impossible to live without taking the lives of other life forms for sustenance, I believe the solution is to have respect for all life and take only the life that we need to sustain our own lives.

One of the reasons, I think, that things seem unbalanced is that when our own bodies die, they are soaked in formaldehyde to preserve them and put in boxes, where they don't biodegrade. If our bodies were returned to the ecosystem, other life forms would benefit from the nourishment of our bodies as we benefit from theirs. The design of Nature is a never-ending cycle of life supporting life supporting life supporting life. That's the way it is.


POSTED BY KAREN :: AZ USA :: 02/21/2008 4:32 AM


The following is an excerpt from an article on Dr. Weil's website regarding emu oil (www.drweil.com):

Sold in the form of topical creams and in capsules, emu oil is promoted as a hypoallergenic skin softener, a moisturizer-lubricant to prevent wrinkles and revitalize aging skin, and an anti-inflammatory agent that can relieve arthritis pain and treat insect bites and stings as well as skin conditions such as shingles, eczema and psoriasis.

That sounds great, but I've seen no scientific studies demonstrating that emu oil actually delivers on any of the many promises made for it. In fact, a check of the medical literature shows only a scant 13 studies of emu oil, none of them on humans.

This hasn't stopped purveyors of emu oil from claiming that scientific studies have verified that the oil does what they say it does. After checking several promotional sites, I didn't come across a single footnote citing any study published in a scientific or medical journal. I am skeptical about the claimed human-health benefits of emu oil.

POSTED BY SAMANTHA :: ONTARIO CANADA :: 02/21/2008 5:04 PM


OK, you win, I won't eat plants or animals. :-) Of course, we obviously have to eat/kill something to survive and my only point was that I choose not to have a part in killing anything that has a social order or raise and nurture their young. If peas and carrots raise their young than I'm dead :-)

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Fair enough. That's a very specific criteria. And with that, you certainly wouldn't want to use emu oil.


POSTED BY KAREN :: AZ USA :: 02/25/2008 7:38 AM


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