Why I purchased Emu Oil.
I had been having some knee problems for a little while. In fact, on and off I have been having joint problems. The pain has been intermittent and usually not too severe. However, I thought I ought to see if I could get to the root of the problem.
My doctors told me that it was no doubt arthritis and all down to my age. Perhaps this was true of my general joint pain but my knee was a slightly different matter.
An Ultra Sound Scan showed that my swollen knee was due to a cyst, which was causing the painful swelling. This just reinforces my believe that you should not always believe a doctor's first diagnosis. If you are suffering pain, insist on investigative tests.
In the time before I had the Ultra Sound Scan, which pinpointed the problem, I tried all sorts of pills and potions to alleviate the pain and keep me mobile. I am not keen on taking anti-inflammatory drugs, as most of these can cause stomach disorders but I had tried anything and everything, including heat and cold.
My brother-in-law who is an arthritis sufferer told me about EMU Oil. He had used this product when all else failed and was pleased with the results. In desperation I thought, why not try it.
At Â£14.99 for a small 100ml bottle, it is not a cheap product. Neither in our town was it easy to purchase. Eventually, when visiting a friend a little away from the town I ventured into the Health Shop, where my said relative buys his Emu Oil and found myself buying the last bottle the assistant had in stock.
So just what is Emu Oil?
Emu oil is a very thick, greasy looking oil. It is pale in colour and almost reminds me of runny dripping or cooking fat. It does have a similar sort of smell also. However, when you pour a little out, you will see that it is not as thick as you may have thought, so be careful.
I say this not just, because it is expensive but as you only need to use a tiny bit at a time. You rub the oil into the problem area, until it is absorbed. This does not take very long considering how oily the product seems at first touch.
Emu Oil does have a slight smell but nothing especially discernible, unpleasant or long lasting. The label states that you gently roll the bottle between your hands, in order to warm and soften the oil. This makes it easy to pour. So, obviously, if Emu Oil is stored in cold conditions, it will seem to solidify a little.
Just answer the question, I hear you ask again, what is Emu Oil?
Emu Oil is made from the fat of the Emu, a bird native to Australia. Here is a little information, which I have found online regarding Emu Oil:-
"Australian aborigines used Emu Oil for thousands of years, in order to treat burns, wounds, bruises, and also as a pain reliever for bone, muscle, and joint disorders. Emu oil is approximately 70% unsaturated fatty acids. The largest component is oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. Emu oil also contains about 20% linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) and 1-2% linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid). There is some evidence to suggest that the oil may have medicinal benefit. It is frequently used topically to soften skin and is found in ointments for dry cracked heels."
My relative had first been made aware of this product, when he had heard that UK athlete Paula Radcliffe recommended its use. However, as I told the shop assistant, there is no way that I am in as good shape as Paula, which meant that I did not expect it to work miracles.
Emu Oil did work for me. Obviously as I have a cyst, it is a different sort of problem. However, with age, my joints have been stiffening a little and my other knee has been painful.
Rubbing just a small amount of Emu Oil onto the affected area eases the stiffness and helps ease the pain. My relative swears by this product for helping his arthritis.
This will be a good product to use if you work out and need to help relax those tired, aching muscles. For mild pain and swelling, due to joint problems, it should offer welcome relief.
Remember though to have your Doctor check out your condition first, to exclude anything more serious that may need immediate treatment.
Emu Oil is not recommended for those under the age of 12. Other than that, there are no warnings on the label. What do you have to lose, except for some pain and more than a few pennies? If it works for you, though it will be worth every penny.
Emu Oil is good value, as it will last you a very long time, as long as you follow the manufacturer's directions.