Research and studies

Research and studies

Although the oil of the emu has been used for medicinal purposes by the Aboriginals already thousands of years ago, modern scientific research on emu oil is necessary to get a clear picture of the working and beneficial effects of emu oil. Research and studies which have been done, can be divided as following:

Skin care and wound healing

Emu oil as an application for skin care and wound healing. Several studies have been carried out on the effect of emu oil for skin and wound care applications. Dr Zemtsov, for instance, has studied the moisturizing and cosmetic properties of emu oil. Another study in this area is they have studied the penetration effect of emu oil, to use emu oil as carrier to deliver drugs, peptides and vaccines under the skin.

Emu oil is also an agent which has non-comodogenic properties. A study conducted at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston shows the results.

Skin care Emu oil is a remarkable ingredient for skin care products. Dr. Zemstov of the Indiana University School of Medicine has been investigating the cosmetic application of emu oil. The conclusion was that emu oil is superior above mineral oils. The nourishing effect is better and above all, it doesn’t clog the pores. Emu oil doesn’t irritate the skin and penetrates quickly through all the skin layers. By analysing the composition of the fatty acids by gas chromatography, it appeared that the emu oil consisted of a high concentration of non-polaric mono unsaturated fatty acids, which explains the quick penetration through the upper skin.(1)

The penetration ability has been tested in creams containing emu oil, combined with lidocaine, a local anesthetica. This facilitates the stiching of wounds and treating painfull stains, e.g. caused by laser therapy or injections.(2)

Wound healing

Wond healing Rresearch on treating burn wounds with emu oil through the Harner Burn Centre in the US it appeared that skars and inflammations have been significantly reduced and the patients chose emu oil above other ointment and creams.(3) Emu oil can therefore be considered as a generic product for treating various skin disorders. The pictures will show the different results. Click here to view the pictures Research, studies and articles All previous mentioned research is available for you. However, it is not practical to put them all on the web site. It is always possibel to ask for a copy. You can read a number of articles concerning emu oil and skin- and wound treatment. See below

  1. Moisturizing and Cosmetic Properties of Emu Oil, a Double Blind Study by A. Zemstov M.D., M.S. Indiana University School of Medicine, Monica Gaddis, Ph.D. Ball Memorial Hospital, Victor Montalvo-Lugo, M.S. Ball Memorial Hospital.
  2. Emu cream assists lidocaine local anesthetic absorption through human skin by William Code
  3. Burn study results compiled from research by Harner Burn Center
  4. Report emu oil in the Rabbit Ear Comedogenicity testing by univ. of Texas Medical School at Houston Dermatology dept. occupational derm. Lab.
  5. Article: Skin: the importance of the maintenance of the normal skin barrier with emu oil by Dr. Leigh Hopkins Read article
  6. Article: A dermatologist uses emu oil in acute skin care Read Article


Anti-inflammatory properties of emu oil

Several studies have been published on the anti-inflammatory properties of emu oil. One of the first published studies was from Dr Michael Whitehouse and Dr Peter Gosh University of Adelaide in Australia. Other studies on the subject were done by the university of Prince Edward Island Charlottetown, Canada. They have tested the anti-inflammatory properties on animals.

At this moment a study has been conducted by the Adelaide Womens and Childrens Hospital. They are studying treating rheumatism with emu oil. We are in contact with the chairman who is funding this research, the results will be published in 2 – 3 months time. As far as I know the results are very promising.

research, studies and articles All previous mentioned research is available for you. However, it is not practical to put them all on the web site. It is always possibel to ask for a copy. You can read a number of articles concerning emu oil and skin- and wound treatment. See below

  1. Effect on Emu Oil on Auricular inflammation induced with croton-oil in mice by A.Lopez, D.E. Sims Read article
  2. Experimental study to determine the anti-arthritic activity of a new emu oil formulation by Peter Gosh, Ph.D. and Michael Whitehouse, D.Phil. Read articlel
  3. WCH Researchers unravel the mysteries of emu oil: Emus making tracks for our medicine cabinets. Read article
  4. Emu oil; a source of non-toxic transdermal anti-inflammatory agents in aboriginal medicine by:Michael W. Whitehouse and Athol G. Turner
  5. Article with Dr. Thom Leahey of the Arthritic Clinic in Ardmore , OK . Arthritic and pain relieving applications on Emu oil.Read article

Fatty acid composition of Emu oil

The composition of the fatty acids of the emu oil is rather unique. First of all it contains essential fatty acids: alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid (omega 3 and 6), which influence various body functions a.o. regeneration of skin cells. The other thing is that the ratio of the composition of the fatty acids matches the human skin.

Emu oil is a triglyceride. It contains more than 70% unsaturated fatty acids. The main part is oleic (± 40%) which acts as a carrier to penetrate the active ingredients into the skin layers. The unsaturated fatty acides also contain a significant percentage of linoeic and alpha linoeic. The so called essential fatty acids. These fatty acids cannot be produced by your body, but are essential for the production of new skin cells.

According to Dr. Leigh Hopkins, Pharm. D. in the US all cells produce hormones which are coming from these fatty acids. These hormones affect all aspects of the activities of a specific cell. They play a role in inflammations, the healing process and the dying of a cell. If you don’t consume sufficient of these “good” fatty acids, your body cannot work efficiently. The oil supplies through it’s essential fatty acids the need to have the cells function normal. If you see the skin as the largest cell wall there is, you can say that a dry, raw skin is a sign of a lack of essential fatty acids.

  1. The composition of emu oil: the micro view by Dr. Leigh Hopkins
  2. Fatty acid analysis of emu oil by M.C. Craig-Schmidt, Ph.D., Amanda Brown M.S., Paul C. Smith, D.V.M., Ph.D. Auburn University
  3. Fatty acid composition: comparative analysis of emu, ostrich and rhea oil by M.C. Craig-Schmidt and K.R. Willian