Emu oil from the native non-flying bird of Australia has proven itself as very effective as a natural product that has many hair and dermatological benefits. Indigenous Australians saw the benefits of emu oil very early on using methods that required no research. They often used emu oil to treat many of the common complaints we, as humans suffer, like minor aches and abrasions, aching joints, dry skin and others.
It is still being used for many of these conditions and while there is no lack of research on Emu Oil, the research hasn’t come up with reasons why or how it works. Much is known about the substance and apparently there is more to learn about this natural lipid derived from the ostrich-like bird called Emu. People have found that the positive attributes touted by the ancient Native Australians remain true at some level.
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The emu oil is derived from the stored fat of the bird. Several types of research have been completed, although much of it is incomplete. While studying the composition of emu oil, research uncovered that it is comprised primarily of triglycerides. Further research has focused on its properties as a skin agent to help treat burns.
Due to the inflammation and lack of moisture in the skin that a burn victim suffers, it makes it difficult to treat and very painful. However, through research it was discovered that people who had scar tissue and burns reacted rather well through the use of emu oil and it healed better in comparison to a placebo.
Emu oil research has also contained information about its use as an overall moisturizer and as used in cosmetics. Coming in forms like a salve, balm, ointment, lotion or cream, it has been known to be helpful for a variety of skin conditions like sunburn, acne, stretch marks, eczema, psoriasis and other skin problems.
Some have found Emu Oil to be helpful in the growth of hair for people who are experiencing baldness. This research has also been tested on mice, using emu oil to study skin and hair regrowth. It was discovered to be much more effective than other topical treatments. Emu oil is also used as an anti-inflammatory, helping to aid carpal tunnel syndrome, soothe arthritis and even back pain.
While emu oil research is lacking, the industry is booming. Since the 1990s, people have noticed that emu oil is in high demand for medical and health purposes and has caused a boom in emu farming. If there was no marketability for products made from emu oil, there would no need for emu farms. It can be determined that these limited studies as well as people who use emu oil and swear by it, that it is indeed effective for various treatments –and, perhaps, worth trying.
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