18 Uses of Emu Oil You May Not Know About
Emu oil’s unique ingredients allow it to be used for a variety of different uses, from treating razor burn to removing make-up.
One of the benefits of using emu oil for skin care is that it’s shown to be non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic, easily absorbed, highly moisturizing and anti-inflammatory.
The following list highlights 18 uses of emu oil.
Important: Although emu oils are generally hypo-allergenic, it’s important to do a small skin patch test. Stop using emu oil if you experience any adverse reactions.
- Emu oil’s anti-inflammatory properties and healthy fatty acid may help reduce skin redness, enhance skin texture, moisturize and increase growth of healthy new skin. Emu oil is non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores.
- Research shows emu oil may reduce inflammation in arthritis and decrease joint pain. Try massaging a few drops of emu oil onto the sensitive areas on a regular basis and see if it reduces the pain and tenderness.
- Emu oil’s anti-inflammatory properties may help soothe and heal minor skin bruises.
- Emu oil studies show that it can help increase skin cell renewal, decrease water content in burn blisters, decrease inflammatory cell growth and improve healthy skin cell growth in burns.
- The research revealed that emu oil actually improved healing time only when the oil is applied 24 – 48 hours after the burn occurred, rather than applying it immediately after the burn occurred.
5. Canker Sores
- Try using 1 or 2 drops of emu oil on the sore which may help enhance healing.
- Seabuckthorn oil has also been shown in studies to help heal canker sores.
6. Cholesterol Lowering
- Animal studies showed emu oil helped lower high cholesterol levels.
- So while there are no human studies on this subject, there is evidence that omega-3 fatty acids found in emu oil may improve cholesterol levels.
- You can get emu oil in capsule form. Make sure the emu oil is suitable for digestion and you could try using an enteric-coated emu oil capsules to maximize absorption.
7. Cuticles and Nail Care
- Many people have used emu oil to help soften and moisturize the cuticle area. The oil’s fatty acids may help nourish the nail bed and prevent dry, peeling cuticles.
8. Diaper Rash
- Emu oil may improve skin texture, increase healing time and reduce redness due to its anti-inflammatory actions.
- It’s recommended that parents do a small skin patch test to ensure no allergic reactions before using emu oil on any infants.
9. Dry Cracked Skin
- Emu oil is an excellent moisturizer and may help heal your dry skin. Emu oil was shown in some studies to increase skin cell growth and reduce inflammation.
- You can also use try using emu oil to replace depleted skin lipids in dry, damaged skin. Try applying emu oil when your skin is still damp after taking a shower or bath for maximum moisturizing.
- You may find some relief from eczema by applying the oil to the area immediately after taking a bath.
- Some people claim their eczema decreased in redness, itching and flaking when using emu oils for moisturizing.
- Although the oil is hypo-allergenic, it’s important to do a small skin patch test to ensure no possible allergic reactions.
11. Foot Care
- Do you have dry, cracked, peeling skin on your feet? Here’s a simple remedy that works….
- When taking a shower or bath, use one of those foot scrubbers, like a pumice stone. While your feet are still wet, gently scrub the dead, flaking skin off your feet, then rinse off.
- Step out of the shower and apply a few drops of emu oil directly onto the affected area while your skin is still damp. This may help moisture and soothe your feet.
- It may take a while for the skin to rebuild healthy new skin before seeing improvement. You’ll have to scrub your feet periodically and remember to apply the emu oil every time after showering or washing your feet to maintain the smooth soft skin.
12. Hair Care and Dry Scalp Conditions
- Some people reported emu oil will improve hair growth in dormant hair follicles and improve texture in dry, damaged hair.
- Apply a very light coating to your scalp or hair. If your skin is too oily, simply wipe off excess with a tissue.
- *Emu oil will not cause hair to grow in bald spots.
13. Insect Bites
- Emu oil may relieve pain, itching, swelling and improve healing time. Did you know emu oil is an effective natural mosquito repellent? It was found to be effective for about one hour before needing another application. I’ve never tried this but looking forward to trying it out this upcoming summer.
14. Muscle Aches and Pains
- Emu oil is an excellent treatment for massaging into muscle aches and strains. It’s used by many athletic therapists, massage therapists and professional athletes for its unique therapeutic powers.
15. Razor Burn
- Emu oils can make a great natural shaving balm to help soothe and moisturize sensitive skin after shaving.
- Emu oil may provide relief to people suffering from shingles by reducing redness and inflammation.
- Do a small skin patch test to assess for any possible negative reactions
17. Stretch marks
- Emu oil may help prevent stretch marks by moisturizing and keeping the skin supple and elastic. You can try using it on stretch marks that have already formed but you may have greater success in using emu oil to help prevent stretch marks.
- Did you know emu oil may be one of the best natural skin care products for preventing wrinkles? Emu oils active ingredients may help enhance the skin’s natural moisture barrier and promote healthier skin texture.
While the above list is only a small sample of uses, you may find other ways to use emu oil.
Remember to do a small skin patch test to asses for any possible allergic reactions.