4 Unknown Benefits of Emu Oil

4 unknown benefits of emu oil

You’ve heard of the common benefits of emu oil before; it’s been known to help relieve patients with arthritis, eczema and even PMS.

The list doesn’t end there though. It turns out emu oil has more hidden talents! We’ve discovered 4 interesting and useful ways you can use emu oil to improve your overall health…

4 unknown benefits of emu oil

1. Sun Protection

With warmer weather officially on the horizon, we have to think twice before stepping out of the house. We’ve all been taught to apply sunscreen to combat Australia’s harsh UV rays, but did you know there’s an extra layer of protection you can offer yourself?

Emu oil can be used as a natural sunscreen when applied underneath your regular SPF. Too late, already burnt? You can also use emu oil as a treatment for sunburn.

Emu oil also contains linoleic acid, with helps boost skin health by reducing the appearance of sun spots. Studies have shown that linoleic acid helps lighten ultraviolet-induced hyperpigmentation of the skin by inhibiting melanin production. Because of emu oil’s anti-inflammatory properties, it is found to stimulate skin cell regeneration and circulation to reduce the appearance of sun damaged skin and wrinkles.

Disclaimer: emu oil is not a substitute for sun screen.

4 unknown benefits of emu oil

2. Insect Repellent

Now that the weather is warming up, we’re starting to spend more days in the outdoors – making us the perfect target for bugs and insect bites! Emu oil contains substances called terpenes, which disorient many insects. Applying emu oil on exposed skin can keep the bugs at bay when you’re out and about.

Cockroaches, head lice, mosquitoes and kissing bugs are among the insects that can be repelled by terpenes, making emu oil a good natural alternative to harsher chemicals on the market. Furthermore, if you do get bitten by an insect, emu oil is also great for soothing itchy or painful skin. It’s wise to keep this multi-purpose product in your summer arsenal.

Source: Johnson, J. (2017). Everything you need to know about emu oil. Medical News Today

4 unknown benefits of emu oil

3. Itchy Scalp Conditions and Hair loss

It might be a good time to consider emu oil for your hair care too! The natural benefits of emu oil for hair include:

– Stimulating hair growth
– Helping to prevent hair loss
– Combats dandruff
– Helping dry scalp and split ends
– Is a natural moisturiser for dry, damaged hair and scalp
– Imparts shine

There are a few ways to incorporate emu oil into your hair care routine. Simply massage the emu oil onto your scalp and hair, apply a small amount to clean wet hair before styling, or mix a few drops with your usual shampoo or conditioner.

Source: Bunton, N. (undated). Fun in the sun with confidence.

 4 unknown benefits of emu oil

4. Benefits the Gastrointestinal System

A study in 2012 conducted in Australia found that emu oil, when administered orally and topically, possesses significant anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers indicated that it is able to even treat anti-inflammatory disorders affecting the gastrointestinal system!

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. Based on these findings, researchers concluded that emu oil is able to improve intestinal repair and may even help treat ulcers.

Source: Abimosleh, S.M., Tran, C.D. & Howarth, G.S. (2012). Emu Oil: A novel therapeutic for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract? Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 27, 857–861.

 

What Are Comedogenic Oils & Their Ranking?

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When researching skincare that best suits your needs, you may have come across the term “comedogenic” and “non-comedogenic”, but what does that actually mean? Well, we’re here to help clear the mystery… and hopefully clear your skin!

To put it simply, non-comedogenic refers to products that do not clog pores. This is great for those who suffer from acne prone skin. Comedogenic oils on the other hand – ranked from 1 to 5 – can be an effective base for many skincare products, and all have varying levels of suitability for different skin types. The options for oils are almost endless and it can be an overwhelming task to find your skin’s perfect match!

What Are Comedogenic Oils & Their Ranking? emu spirit emu oil benefits

The Comedogenic Scale

With so many oils to choose from, we’ve put together a ranking system known as the “comedogenic scale”, which ranks oils based on their propensity to block skin pores.

The scale uses a numbering system of 0 to 5. Here’s how the numbers rank on the scale:

0 – won’t clog pores at all
1 – very low likelihood of clogging pores
2 – moderately low likelihood
3 – moderate likelihood
4 – fairly high likelihood
5 – high likelihood of clogging pores

Check out the full break down here

emu oil Comedogenic Rating– 1

Where does Emu Oil rank?

Emu Oil’s Comedogenic Rating– 1

Linoleic acid– 15%
Linolenic acid– 0.9%
Oleic acid– 47.4%

Emu oil is very similar to our skin’s essential fatty acid ratios, which makes it the most transdermal oil known! It absorbs very well into the skin, carrying anything you add to it into the dermal layer as well. This is what makes emu oil such a high quality, sought-after oil in skincare products. Applying it to the skin reduces inflammation, pain, and redness because of the natural benefits of emu oil itself. Emu oil is well tolerated by most skin types and is used primarily as a vehicle for other potent skincare ingredients. It is suitable for drier skin types too.

What Are Comedogenic Oils & Their Ranking? emu spirit emu oil benefits 

A Low-Comedogenic Alternative

Coconut oil, flax seed oil, cocoa butter have all been popular in skincare over the years, however they are fairly comedogenic, with a ranking of 4! If you are experiencing skin break outs and black heads caused by higher comedogenic oils, consider switching over to an emu-oil based skincare range. As well as being low-comedogenic, you also get the natural added benefits of emu oil. When infused with other skin-loving ingredients such as green tea extract and macadamia seed extract; emu-oil based skincare absorbs well into the skin, carrying all the good stuff into the dermal layer for more effectiveness, especially when treating inflamed skin or conditions such as eczema and rosacea.

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