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Emu Oil is derived from the fat of the Emu. The penetrating, skin softening, and anti-inflammatory properties of Emu Oil are due to its high levels of Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs. The EFAs are involved in almost every body process concerned with growth, vitality and nervous system functions. EFAs provide the body with the raw materials involved in blood pressure, blood clotting, and temperature control processes. EFAs also play a critical role in cellular oxidation which produces the energy required for all biological processes

Emu Oil Fatty Acid Constituents Mean %
Oleic 47.4
Palmitic 20.6
Linoleic 17.3
Stearic 9.2
Palmitoleic 3.1
Linolenic 1
Myristic 0.3

Emu oil is endorsed by:
The Arthritis Foundation of Australia
The Australian Rheumatism AssociationThe Australian Orthopedic Association

Burn Centers currently using Emu Oil for treatment include:Timothy J. Harnar Burn Center (affiliated with Texas Tech University Medical Center)

Universities and medical centers who have conducted research on Emu Oil include:
Auburn University, U.S.
Boston University Medical Center, U.S.
Indiana University School of Medicine, U.S.
Iowa State University, U.S.
Texas Tech Health Sciences, Burn Unit, U.S.
University of Texas Medical School, U.S.
University of Adelaide, Australia
University of Sydney, Australia

Uses for Emu Oil that have been documented by U.S. government patents

(Uses 5-9 by ingestion of Emu Oil – application has been made for FDA approval):

  1. Reduces the inflammation of arthritis
  2. Prevents and/or reduces nose bleed when applied to nasal passages
  3. Prevents scarring when applied to a newly received cut or burn
  4. Prevents stretch marks, diminishes or completely erases existing stretch marks
  5. Reduces total cholesterol (LDL) and raises HDL, the good cholesterol
  6. Prevents and/or treats allergies
  7. Prevents and/or treats headache, especially migraine headaches
  8. Treats cold and flu symptoms, sore throat, and nasal congestion
  9. Remedy for ailments related to menstruation

Health Hazard Information

Emu oil is an edible oil and has NO known adverse health effects.

According to Federal Hazardous Substances Act Regulations (16CFR 1500.41) emu oil is NOT a primary dermal irritant.

According to 16CFR 1500.42 emu oil is NOT an ocular irritant.

According to 16CFR 1500.3 emu oil is not toxic to rats.

Precautions for Use

Exposure limits: Not considered hazardous. There are no known Threshold Limited Values for emu oil

Excerpts from the Arthritis Formula Study

Dr. Peter Ghosh
Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Dr. Michael Whitehouse
University of Adelaide, Australia


Reported results from their experiments indicated that “the most potent formulation was achieved when methyl salicylate (wintergreen oil), isopropanol and menthol were combined with emu oil” Apparently, a “synergistic effect was occurring between the emu oil and the methyl salicylate, for the anti-inflammatory activity of the combination was greater than the sum of either component when used alone (with isopropanol).”


While topically applied Emu Oil (EO) when combined with another suitable transdermal transporter had been demonstrated to show anti-inflammatory activity in various models of inflammatory arthritis, its formulation with other anti-inflammatory agents had not been investigated in any detail.

Anti-Rheumatic Activity of Emu Oil

Although Emu Oil and fat have been used for the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism by the Aboriginal people for thousands of years, it was not until white settlement that its therapeutic effects were first documented. Early explorers and bushmen extolled the merits of Emu oil as an embrocation for relief of a number of ailments, including rheumatism, lumbago, and joint stiffness.

Emu Oil(s): A Source of Non-Toxic Transdermal Anti-Inflammatory Agents in Aboriginal Medicine

Published in Emu Oil

The emu (“bush chook”) is a free-roving large flightless bird indigenous to Australia, now farmed in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the U.S.A. The native Aboriginals and early white settlers in Australia rubbed on the liquid fat to facilitate wound healing and to alleviate pain and disability from various musculoskeletal disorders.

An adult bird (15 months old) weighing 45 kg carries up to 10 kg of body fat, from which 7-8 litres of thick oil is obtained by rendering at temperatures up to 90°C. Filtering this semisolid fat at 25°C yields 20-80% v/v of clear oil (CO); the proportion varying with conditions of nurture and other factors (genetic stock, stress, etc.).

The CO varies greatly in content of a) natural antioxidants (e.g., carotenoids, flavones), and b) skin permeation-enhancing (PE) factors (e.g., unesterified oleic acid, sesquiterpenes). The content of alpha-linolenic acid (18:3) in the total triglyceride fraction varies notably from almost zero (many farmed birds) to almost 20% (some feral birds), also reflecting significant differences in basal diet. So far, we have been unable to find any clear correlations between pigment or 18:3 content of a CO and its anti-inflammatory potency.

Evidence for the variability in anti-inflammatory potency (AlP) of different emu oils was obtained using the rat adjuvant arthritis model (Snowden & Whitehouse 1997). To eliminate variations in PE content between clarified oils, 15% v/v cineole (eucalyptol) was added to all samples before testing. Olive oil was used as diluent in dose-response studies with the maximum daily topical dose being 2 ml/kg of emu oil applied for four days to shaved dorsum of rats from the time of onset of arthritic symptoms.

Some oils were equipotent with oral aspirin in this rat assay (EDS0 ± 300 mg/kg) and showed analgesic activity in preliminary clinical studies. These active oils were fractionated to yield low-triglyceride concentrates with significant reproducible AlP (ED50 ± 10 mg/kg) when applied transdermally in bland oils (olive, lard, inactive emu oils). Remarkably these active concentrates (10 mg/rat) effectively ablated arthritis development when co-administered with arthritigesic adjuvants (Ghosh et al. 1995); a property shared with very few NSAIDs, e.g. nimesulide, oxindole, zinc monoglycerolate and Lyprinol® (Whitehouse et al. 1990, 1997).

The best sources of active oils to date have been from Aboriginal owned farms in Western Australia and Queensland, with broodstock recently derived from feral birds and fed a mixture of grains with natural additives from the local bush.

Ghosh P, Whitehouse M, Turner A, Dawson M. (1995) US patent No. 5,431,924.
Snowden J, Whitehouse M (1997) Inflammopharmacolgy (in press)
Whitehouse MW, Rainsford, KD, et aI (1990) Agents Actions 31,47
Whitehouse MW, Macrides TA, et aI (1997) accompanying Abstract

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