Emu oil is a product on the rise in recent years. Always looking for ways to slow down aging, increase health and use natural products rather than chemicals, people are looking to emu oil for the solution.
What is Emu Oil and how is it Harvested?
As the name implies, emu oil comes from the large Australian bird, the emu. These birds are
There are three basic steps to processing the oil:
After the fat is melted down, it has to be filtered. This process removes most of the water from the fat as well as excess protein molecules. Some processing facilities use a chemical base to filter the grease; hexane, the same chemical used for most of the vegetable oil processed. Other processing plants use silica-based fine clay. The filtering process eliminates bacteria and produces the oil. The oil is cooled and furthered separated as the clear lubricant rises to the top and the creamy, thicker liquid falls to the bottom.
Once the oil is filtered, it goes through the deodorizing step. A burst of stream blown through the lubricant is the typical method for this step; the lower the temperature, the better the oil. The steam also further sterilizes it.
As popularity in the product has risen, so has concerns about the “pureness” of the oil. The American Emu Association (AEA) certifies many emu oil products. A lab runs tests on batches and analyzes components of the lubricant. A stamp of approval ensures the composition, stability and purity of it and also allows tracking to specific batches if problems arise. Products passed by the AEA will carry a certified seal of approval.
Benefits of Emu Oil
Aborigines in Australia have used fat from the big bird for centuries for everything from
Proponents of the fat claim it reduces wrinkles, heals burns, soothes itching insect bites, eases the pain from arthritis and muscle or joint aches, and reduces swelling. Further claims add it reduces dandruff, moisturizes dry skin, clears acne, aids in weight loss and fa
Emu oil is considered by many to be the answer to just about any ailment they are experiencing. However, scientifically, the results of the bird's fat have not been studied enough to support such claims. Speaking first hand from trying out this wonder oil for its anti-aging claims, it does reduce the fine lines of aging; as for the other benefit claims, only studies and perhaps an individual’s own experimenting will tell.
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