What Is Emu Oil
And How Can It Help You
To Manage Your Eczema?

So, what is emu oil? It is oil made from the fat of an emu.

An emu is a bird that is native to Australia. It belongs to the same family of bird as the ostrich.

Emu Oil Benefits

Emu oil has been used by aborigines for many years. They use it because of its versatility. Using it on skin conditions, muscle and joint problems and cuts and bruises.

Studies have shown that it is beneficial in the treatment of eczema. When used on all types of eczema there are reported improvements in the condition of the skin.

There are a few properties of emu oil that seem to benefit eczema.

  • Anti-inflammatory. Helping with the symptoms of eczema. The inflammation of the skin, the redness and the swelling. This could also help to reduce itching. Helping to stop the itch-scratch cycle which can make the symptoms worse
  • Anti-bacterial. Can help to reduce the number of bacteria on the skin. This helps to stop your eczema spreading and reduces the chance of it getting infected
  • Hypo-allergenic. This will make it less likely to irritate the skin and cause a reaction. Emu oil is a natural product so should have no side effects
  • Absorbs easily into the skin. It absorbs into the deeper layers of the skin. It also helps to lock moisture in, keeping it hydrated
  • Doesn’t clog pores. When the skin pores get blocked it can cause inflammation, white-heads and blackheads. So emu oil keeps the pores clear, helping to keep the skin looking healthy

What Is In Emu Oil?

Emu oil is a natural product. This makes it safe to use on children.

It is made up of

  • around 70% of unsaturated fatty acids. Mainly made up of oleic acid. This is an omega-9 fatty acid
  • around 20% of linoleic acid. This is an omega-6 fatty acid
  • around 1-2% of linolenic acid. This is an omega-3 fatty acid

It has an advantage over other oils used to help treat eczema. It contains the 3 main types of essential fatty acids that the body requires. This essential fatty acids have long been known to be beneficial to the skin.

Using Emu Oil

Emu oil can be used in a couple of ways.

  • In the bath. Add some drops into a warm bath. Soak for around 20 minutes. Then pat dry the skin with a soft towel to get rid of any excess water
  • As a soak for certain areas. You can put a few drops in a bowl and soak the area of the body where the eczema is troublesome. And also an area you can get in a bowl comfortably!!
  • Directly onto the skin. After having a bath or shower remove the excess water. You can then use emu oil cream or lotion on your skin. This will help to seal the moisture in, rather than the water drying your skin out. You can also use it whenever your skin feels irritated.

Emu oil can be brought in many products including

  • cream
  • oil
  • capsules
  • lotion

You can buy some products in health food shops and chemists. There are also a number of websites that specialise in emu oil products.

So there is the answer to what is emu oil.

When starting to use any emu oil products it is recommended to continue using conventional treatments, including emollients and topical corticosteroids, when needed. As it is a great natural anti inflammatory it can help to reduce the chance of your eczema getting worse.

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