Emu Oils Benefits


Usage traces back to Australian aboriginal times many years ago, but recently, holistic consumers have taken an interest in emu oil for its unique health and beauty benefits. Oils from animal fats are typically better tolerated by sensitive skin than fats from plant sources like olive oil or grapeseed oil because the fatty acids present in animal fats mimic the ones in human skin more closely.


  1. Restores Moisture

The molecules in emu oil are small enough to be easily absorbed into the skin. This helps the oil penetrate deeper into layers of the skin which allows a deeper hold on hydration. One study found that compared to other oils, emu oil has 2-4 times greater penetration of the skin.


  1. Prevents the signs of aging

The moisturizing benefits of emu oil will aid in anti-aging, but that’s not all it does to stop fine lines. Emu oil has also been shown to increase collagen production, which helps maintain skin elasticity, thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also rich in antioxidants that aid in the fight against free radicals, which have the potential to destroy skin cells and speed up the aging process.

  1. Decreases inflammation

Emu oil is full of fatty acids like oleic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, palmitoleic acid, and plenty of omegas, which are essential for reducing inflammation. This combined with its moisturizing ability makes it ideal for treating symptoms of eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and other inflammatory sensitive skin conditions, and it has been shown to reduce redness, itching, and swelling.

  1. Heals wounds and lightens scars

One of the aboriginal uses of emu oil was for the process of healing wounds and burns, and that practice is continued today. The combination of its ability to form new collagen and control inflammation gives it a restorative property that is also beneficial for lightening scars, sunspots, stretch marks, and burns.

  1. Helps hair and nail growth

The antioxidants present in the vitamin E in emu oil helps reverse damage from the environment and pollution, which in turn helps soften hair and cuticles and soothes an itchy and dry scalp. It also promotes circulation in the scalp and nail beds to promote healthy follicles and growth.

  1. Relieves pain

The anti-inflammatory properties of emu oil also aid in muscle and joint pain relief. One study showed the topical application of emu oil to be just as effective as the use of ibuprofen, and has been used to relieve carpal tunnel, arthritis, headaches, and shin splints.