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The Unique Properties of Emu Oil ~ Part 2

In an earlier post we explored some of the properties of emu oil by posting links to scientific evidence regarding those qualities. We will continue to do the same for three more properties of emu oil, including the qualities of non-comedogenic, immunity boosting, and high absorption.
While emu oil is just beginning to make its mark in the world of clinical trials, there are some studies that seem to indicate that the qualities of pure emu oil are well founded. We will share a few of those studies with you regarding some key properties of emu oil. Click on the red text to open hyperlinked article.

· Non-Comedogenic ~ Does not clog pores
Moisturizing and cosmetic properties of emu oil: A pilot double blind study
In 1994, Dr. Alexander Zemstov conducted a "double blind" study on the properties of Emu Oil and he concluded the following properties of Emu oil: highly penetrating, emulsifier, bacteriostatic, low irritation potential, and non-comedogenic.”

· Stimulates skin immune system
Omega 3 and Your Immune System Because of the Omega 3 content in emu oil, it is said to boost the immune system in the skin. Here is an article that talks specifically about Omega 3 fatty acids with regard to immunity.

· Promotes faster healing due to rapid absorption
Emu Oil Research
The second to the last article on the above page, Emu Cream Assists Lidocaine: Local Anesthetic Absorption through Human Skin, suggests that the absorption from emu oil actually allows it to serve as a carrier for other medications into the skin to areas where healing needs to occur.  

Further information regarding these properties can be found in this article that focuses on hair loss but actually elaborates on other benefits and qualities of emu oil, citing specific scientific research.  

As always, any questions can be directed to mailto:info@4dacres.com.


Emu Oil Popular in Cosmetic Applications

Consumers are becoming super savvy when it comes to their cosmetic use. They want to know that their products are safe, effective and not full of fillers. More and more cosmetics products are being made with all-natural products, including emu oil.

A double blind study done by Dr. Alexander Zemstov from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1994 and presented at the AEA national convention in Nashville, Tennessee found emu oil to be more cosmetically acceptable than mineral oil, showing better moisturizing properties, superior texture, and lower incidence of comedogenicity (pore clogging tendencies).

The study stated that “the most intriguing properties of emu oil as far as cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries are concerned is its apparent ability to penetrate the stratum corneum barrier.” This means that in addition to its moisturizing properties, emu oil is beneficial in cosmetic applications as a transporter of other therapeutic substances into the skin.

According to an article in People Magazine, popular Aussie actress Cate Blanchett keeps emu oil in her bag of beauty secrets. She is not a fan of plastic surgery and is very picky about her product use. At fashionista.com she was also quoted on her use of emu oil because of its highly moisturizing properties.

I use essential oil, like emu oil. [Ed. Note: She had to repeat this one for us a few times. Yes, that's emu. Like the bird.] In indigenous Australian culture, that’s the first oil they put on a baby because it’s so hydrating. If you’ve got sunburn or you’ve got a scar or something it’s incredible…. Cate Blanchett [Ed. Note is by fashionista.com]
Popular products containing emu oil are massage oils, facial and body lotions, hair shampoos and conditioners, hand soaps and body washes.

I Heart Emu Oil

February is American Heart Month, and not in the Valentine’s Day sense. Certainly it capitalizes on the festivities surrounding cupid’s designated day, but organizations like the American Heart Association and the CDC want to remind us that heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States.

At the top of the list for heart disease prevention is diet and exercise. While movement is important, and most Americans have access to outdoor parks and walkways where they can raise their heart rate with a brisk walk or jog, it is becoming increasingly harder to obtain the essential nutrients we need in the staples of the American diet.

In spite of faddish low-fat diets, studies have shown that our bodies need to ingest healthy fats. Once thought to increase cholesterol, healthy fats have been proven to actually reduce bad cholesterol and contribute to the overall health of the body. Unsaturated and monounsaturated fats are those most recommended for healthy human consumption.

Emu oil, processed from the fatty stores of the emu bird, has been found to have dietary benefits in addition to the curative benefits of topical applications. Auburn University did a study on emu oil to determine the fatty composition of emu oil in order to help explain the properties and therefore the benefits of emu oil.

They found that 70% of the fatty acids in emu oil were unsaturated, which is in line with current recommendations for a “heart healthy” diet. Having been found to contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, the oil of the emu is gaining stature in the market of health supplements. While the emu oil does not support high heats, and is therefore not recommended for use as cooking oil, it can be used cold in a salad dressing or added to a smoothie. Emu oil dietary supplements in gel caps are also widely available for convenience.


Emu Oil’s Quick Delivery

I’m not talking about product delivery with Priority or Express Mail. I’m not talking about the fact that the emu bird can easily run 35 to 40 miles per hour.  I am talking about the transdermal qualities of the emu oil.

Transdermal is a term that is used throughout my website, catalog, brochures and blog, and I thought it might be a good idea to explain just what that means to you as a consumer. Transdermal means that it quickly penetrates into the deeper layers of your skin instead of remaining strictly on the surface. The highly transdermal properties of emu oil contribute to the quick delivery of healing components.

According to an article by Dr. Frank Orthoefer, called “Looking Into Emu Oil”, the beneficial biological properties of emu oil were substantiated by the research of noted scientist and investigator, Dr. Robert Nicolosi of the University of Massachusetts. Emu oil was found to have significant  cholesterol lowering, anti-inflammatory and transdermal characteristics. These findings were pivotal because until then, the qualities of emu oil were based largely on testimonials and anecdotal evidence and not cold hard scientific facts.

Our skin consists of 3 primary layers, the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue. Both the epidermis and dermis have several layers themselves which provide different functions. One of the primary functions of the epidermis is to protect your body from bacteria and infection. For this reason, it does not easily absorb just any liquid. Think about when you wash your hands. Your hands are not absorbing water while you wash.

For this reason, many lotions on the market today are more topical, meaning they remain in the outermost layers of the skin. Lotions and otherremedies containing emu oil penetrate deeper into your skin to provide longer lasting moisture and healing. Emu oil alone is a fantastic remedy for cuts and burns because of its anti-inflammatory and transdermal properties.

One of the most amazing findings in recent years has been the treatment of non-healing wounds such as bed sores, burns, and diabetes related ulcers, among others. Because of the transdermal properties of the emu oil, it can be added to other applications to deliver vitamins, anti-oxidants and antibiotics to the wound, while reducing inflammation.  According to an EMAILWIRE.COM article from July of 2008, Dr. Robert Winston is excited about how emu oil has changed treatment options for his patients, saying, “using a transdermal delivery system allows antibiotic dosage 40 to 60 times greater than achieved by IV administration, without the danger of liver or kidney damage.” He is a Board Certified Practitioner of Internal Medicine and has practiced medicine for over 25 years.

For more information on emu oil products and their beneficial properties visit the 4 D Acres Emu Oil and Emu Factswebsites.

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