Heart, Skin Conditions, Inflammation | February 16, 2018 | Author: Naturopath
Not long ago, oils were viewed as bad for you. Fast forward today, they has become every man or woman’s best friend. While olive oil and coconut oil are crowd favorites, there is another oil worth a look at. Say hello to emu oil.
Emu oil is a bright yellow liquid that is extracted from fat deposits below the skin of the emu, a flightless bird found in Australia. Its usage dates back thousands of years in Australia where the Aborigines have used it for healing infections and protecting the skin.
This nutrient rich oil can be of benefit not only topically but also internally.
Inflammation is needed by the body to address injury and repair, but too much can be a problem and is often the cause of many conditions associated with pain. Reducing inflammation inside your body can help with repair.
Emu oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties that could address various conditions such as headache, inflammatory bowel syndrome, ear infection and arthritis. It can help decrease swelling and minimize aches.
Cardiovascular disease is a well known killer and one of the risk factors in this disease is high cholesterol. Fatty acids contained in Emu oil can help reduce cholesterol in your body.
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Emu oil contains linoleic acid, which has the ability to treat antibiotic-resistant infections and has bacteriostatic properties, stopping bacteria from reproducing. Emu oil can also provide relief against symptoms of cough and flu naturally.
Emu oil may help skin conditions such eczema and psoriasis by reducing swelling and inflammation and aiding with the prevention of dry skin. Apply topically and take internally.
You know that emu oil has anti-inflammatory properties, so it follows that it can be good for your gastrointestinal system as well. It has the ability to improve intestinal repair naturally while reducing inflammation in the digestive tract. Emu oil offers protective benefits while reducing the size of digestive ulcers. When taken orally, emu oil’s rich fatty acid content could also promote better digestive health.
Say goodbye to your expensive lotions and moisturizers. One of the notable characteristics of emu oil is that the oil’s smaller particles can be easily absorbed by skin. It contains fat lipids similar to those found in the surface layer of our skin making it more readily absorbed into to the deeper layers. This makes it an effective moisturizer that softens your hand and feet, and smooth rough areas in your body. It also improves skin hydration to prevent your skin from getting dull and dry.
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Prevent damage. Antioxidants present in emu oil could reverse environmental damage caused to your hair and promote better circulation in your scalp. Emu oil may stimulate hair growth, promote more robust hair follicles and add moisture to your hair, thereby bringing it back to life. Apart from your hair, your nails can benefit from emu oil’s antioxidant properties. It can make your nails less brittle by keeping them moisturized.
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Linoleic acid is the star on this. This component of emu oil offers protective benefits on the skin to minimize scars, including acne scars and may even lighten age spots caused by sun damage. You can also use emu oil to facilitate healing of burns, cuts, and bruises while the antioxidants protect the skin from further damage.
Insect bites giving you irritation? Emu oil can help. Emu oil contains terpenes, a natural substance that helps repel insects. Apply it the skin to help keep bugs at bay.
Breastfeeding is rewarding for both mum and bub but unfortunately it’s not always easy for new mums. Uncomfortable cracked nipples and engorged breast can be extremely painful when trying to breastfeed and may often lead to mum giving up.
Emu oil can help. By applying emu oil to the nipple can soothe the damage caused by breastfeeding. It can improve hydration in the area without affecting the nipples’ temperature, pH, or elasticity.
Emu oil has a great has many benefits to help promote health and wellness.
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