Using Emu Oil for the Digestive Tract

 Using Emu Oil for the Digestive Tract

By now we have discovered the many uses for emu oil. Arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, muscle aches, joint stiffness, eczema, psoriasis, the list goes on…

There’s one more unexpected use that we can now add to this already extensive list: digestive problems!

A healthy digestive system is essential for breaking down foods, so that all the good vitamins and nutrients can be absorbed into your body to maintain your health and general wellbeing. It also helps to flush out all the waste from your body.

There are 3 main causes for digestive problems

1. Stress: physical stress, mental stress, as well as emotional stress

2. Antibiotics: Misuse of antibiotics can kill beneficial bacteria in the colon leading to accumulation of harmful species in it

3. Processed Food Diet: Consuming high amounts of processed food and refined carbohydrates can lead to indigestion and many other digestive problems

So how can we prevent digestive problems?

You can try to eat smaller but more frequent meals and drink plenty of water, as well as include a mix of whole grain carbs, protein and healthy fats (examples include peanut butter on whole-wheat crackers, tuna sandwiches, yoghurt with fruit etc)

But if you want an extra health boost – try incorporating emu oil capsules into your routine.


Reason #1: Researchers have found that taking emu oil orally may have benefits to the gastrointestinal tract (GI).

A 2012 study conducted in Australia found that emu oil, when administered orally and topically, possesses significant anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers indicated that it’s able to treat inflammatory disorders affecting the gastrointestinal system (Axe, 2016).

The Australian study cited above, “Emu Oil: A novel therapeutic for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract?”, tested the therapeutic activity of emu oil on the GI tracts of mice. The results showed that emu oil provided partial protection against chemotherapy-induced mucositis, a painful inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes that line the digestive tract (Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology).

Reason #2: Emu oil can help strengthen your gastrointestinal system.

Another study in 2010 published in the British Journal of Nutrition tested the effects of emu oil on chemotherapy-induced mucositis. The authors wrote, “Mucositis resulting from cancer chemotherapy is a serious disorder of the alimentary tract… We investigated emu oil for its potential to decrease the severity of mucositis in a rat model.”

The results: “Emu oil decreased acute ileal inflammation, and improved mucosal architecture in the intestine during recovery from chemotherapy in rats. Further studies investigating the potential benefits of emu oil as a nutritional supplement for the treatment of intestinal disorders are indicated.”


Based on these findings, researchers concluded that emu oil is able to improve intestinal repair, and it can form the basis of an additional remedy to conventional treatment approaches for inflammatory disorders affecting the gastrointestinal system. Emu Oil could therefore represent a safe, renewable and economical alternative to pharmaceutical options in this context.

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Using Emu Oil for Asthma

Using Emu Oil for Asthma winter

Did you know…? An estimated 300 million people currently suffer from asthma worldwide.

Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the small airways of the lungs. It is characterised by a narrowing of the airway, resulting in symptoms of wheezing and shortness of breath.

In winter time, colds and flu can hit your health pretty hard if you have asthma. In fact, the common cold is the culprit behind around 4 out of 5 bad asthma attacks! During the winter time, it’s crucial to make sure your lungs are in the best possible shape.

1. Follow your asthma action plan
Have a written action plan with instructions on how you manage your asthma during winter. This helps you recognise worsening asthma symptoms and tells you what to do in response. Acting quickly can be the difference between a mild flare-up developing into a serious attack.

2. Use your medications wisely
Advise your doctor if you have been using your asthma puffer more than 2 times a week, or if you are having asthma symptoms at night. These are important signs that your lungs may not be in the best condition for winter colds and flu.

3. Take extra care if you are over 65
Colds and flu can hit extra hard in seniors with asthma. Don’t ignore symptoms or procrastinate seeking help. Ask your doctor about vaccination for influenza and/or pneumonia. Ask your pharmacist or practice nurse to check you are using your puffer/inhaler correctly.

4. Take preventative action
Prevention is key to avoiding a nasty cold or flu which can trigger an attack. Get in tune with your body: if cold air triggers your asthma, make a note of always keeping your body temperature warm. Control germs by washing your hands frequently, and avoid contact with anyone who is sick. Ask your doctor about having the flu vaccination as another option.

5. Reduce the inflammation
To help reduce inflammation and relieve the symptoms of the chronic inflammation associated with asthma, it is important to supplement with the essential fatty acids found in oils rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9.

Emu oil is rich in these essential fatty acids, and numerous studies have also shown the oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties. If you have already taken the necessary measures to protect your health and ensure you minimise your asthma flare-ups, try incorporating emu oil into your daily diet and see if it helps your asthma symptoms!

Additional benefits of emu oil:

– It’s safe for long-term use
– It can be applied topically to help relieve symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, minor burns and abrasions
– It helps to support cardiovascular health
– It promotes general wellbeing

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