Emu Oil is my favorite oil when it comes to psoriasis, so I’ll tell you all about this remarkable natural product. It has many benefits when it comes to the health of your psoriatic skin. In fact, emu oil benefits are known throughout the world through scientific studies. The Australian Aborigines have used emu oil for thousands of years for all manner of health problems including arthritis, pain relief, wound healing burns, sunburns, and to reduce the pain, itch & swelling of insect bites and stings. This validation of indigenous use for many thousands of years is a testimony in itself, regardless of what “science” has to say. I first came across this amazing product about several years ago when a patient mentioned how fantastic it was for her psoriasis, she said that after trying every single cream, lotion and potion she stumbled onto emu oil. Not long after, another patient commented how emu oil was amazing and that her husband only found relief from his scalp and elbow psoriasis once he started to use it regularly instead of a cupboard full of lotions and potions he had been using for over twenty years. Now I recommend emu oil to anybody who is serious about finding one of the most effective natural skin products for their psoriatic skin.
Traditional Australian Aboriginal Medicine
Emu oil is sourced from the emu (not unlike the ostrich), a prehistoric bird that has roamed the outback of Australia for about 80 million years and still exists to this very day. To the Australian Aboriginals, the emu was a very important part of their culture and lifestyle because it provided them with food, clothing, shelter, medicine, and was held spiritually in high regard. Emu oil is rendered from a thick layer of fat that is below the skin on the back (subcutaneous fat) of the emu. Valued for many thousands of years by the Australia’s native Aborigines for its healing powers, emu oil offers many natural qualities to help that can be beneficial to one’s health.
It has not only been used more lately by the white man to make cosmetics of exceptional quality, but has proven to be a most valuable medicine as an intensive pain reliever used in the treatment of chronic arthritis, strains, sprains, and muscle pain. It is also widely used as a wound healing accelerant and to soothe and heal chronic skin afflictions such as eczema and psoriasis. Emu oil is a good emollient and water-binding agent with anti-inflammatory properties.
Emu Oil Works Really Well For Psoriasis
It means a lot to me what patients tell me, a product either works or it doesn’t. They say you can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool the majority of folk time and again. The same applies to natural or chemical based medicines, products we use on our skin to heal, soothe, repair and to restore the skin’s natural function. Do you have psoriasis and have never tried the power of emu oil? I’d like you to try this product for twelve weeks – every day, just apply a tiny amount because this product goes a very long way indeed.
There is no need to lay it on thick, no need to constantly apply it several times a day. Just apply a little in the morning and a little at night to the affected areas. You will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome, but be patient! A product either works with a few people or it works for the majority, and the feedback I am now getting with emu oil is that it works with the majority of psoriasis patients who use it regularly. One hundred percent high quality natural products work the best, consistently, time and again, and beat those chemical based “healing” potions any day. That is my experience based on twenty-six years of full-time naturopathic practice. Maybe your experiences are different if you are a conventional based practitioner, but I prefer to recommend natural medicines to my patients because they produce no side effects or collateral damage to the body like pharmaceutical preparations are likely to do.
How Does Emu Oil Work?
Emu oil has a most positive effect on the function and chemistry of our body’s cell walls in particular, and a large number of steps within our body’s chemistry involve fatty acids in these cell membranes. No pharmaceutical drug can offer the wide scope of the natural cellular activity seen with emu oil. Let’s look at the seven main ways emu oil can help your psoriasis:
- Structural Needs For Fats. Our body’s need for fats can be grouped into structural and functional needs. All our cell walls are made of fat. When fats are missing from our diets our body makes fat from the protein and carbohydrates that we eat. Unfortunately, it cannot make some types of fats that are required by the cell wall. Therefore, all cell wall structures are defective when some necessary essential fats, such as found in emu oil, are missing from our diets. A dry, itchy and psoriatic skin (i.e. a defective skin) is a sign that the skin is missing essential fatty acids.
- Functional Needs For Fats. Fats play many different roles in our body. All cells produce hormones directly from the fatty acids that we must receive from our diet or from topical application of these fatty acids. These hormones influence all aspects of local cell activity, such as inflammation, healing, cell growth and even cell dying. When we don’t have enough of the correct fats, these processes do not operate efficiently. Emu oil can provide the necessary fats that are required for normal cell function. This in turn reduces the immune system’s ability to cause inflammation, and speeds healing and regeneration of the skin cells. Perfect for the psoriasis patient.
- A Naturally Powerful Healing Agent. Emu oil naturally contains Vitamin E, which is a major antioxidant and healing agent; Vitamin A, a known skin repairer and antioxidant; Linoleic acid, which helps to ease muscle aches and joint pain; Oleic acid, which is a proven skin cell re-generator and anti-wrinkle agent; sapogens, proven skin softeners; and terpines, known antiseptics. How much better could it get for the psoriasis patient looking for the perfect skin care product!
- A Natural Moisturizer. Emu oil products make wonderful natural moisturizers that can smooth and condition rough elbows, knees and heels; soften and moisturise hands and cuticles; reduce the itching and flakiness associated with psoriatic skin; and protect the face and hands from wind and weather. I’ve had great feedback from many patients with psoriasis who have used it for all forms of psoriasis, including plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis and even psoriatic arthritis.
- A Powerful Antioxidant. Emu oil skin care products contain powerful antioxidants, as well as a known skin cell re-generator and anti-wrinkle agent, helping to improve the condition of ageing psoriatic skin. Offering both skin-thickening and moisturizing properties, emu oil skin care products help counter the wrinkles and dry, scaly, thinning skin that commonly occur with aging by moisturizing, lubricating and replenishing dry or irritated skin on the face, hands and body: and by preventing additional moisture loss by forming a protective barrier.
- A Natural Anti-Inflammatory. Naturally enriched with pain relieving and anti-inflammatory agents, emu oil products also reduce discomfort and soothe sore muscles and joints offering a fast respite from leg cramps, muscle aches, pains and pulls. Used increasingly in sports medicine, emu oil products are applied by professional sports teams and fitness centers around the world.
- A Skin-Cell Re-generator. Finally, the natural bacteriostatic, anti-inflammatory and cell regeneration properties of emu oil help repair minor skin wounds we commonly see with psoriasis quickly and with less scarring. These same qualities have also been shown to help reverse the effects of hair loss as well.
In addition, these properties can help those with psoriasis:
- Reduce the pain and scarring associated with burns and sunburns
- Soothe and alleviate the discomfort of eczema, psoriasis, nappy rash and shingles.
- Decrease pain and infection from insect bites & stings.
- Promote the repair of skin damage, including scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.
- Decrease the pain and inflammation associated with psoriatic arthritis as well as any muscular aches and pains
The Many Benefits of Emu Oil
Emu oil can be used effectively on many different skin types, it is entirely non-toxic and natural, completely chemical-free and even non-comedogenic (it does not clog your skin’s pores). Emu oil is also non-allergenic and a fantastic product for those with the most sensitive of skin and allergies of many kinds. Emu oil has a strong anti-inflammatory action and has been found to be comparable in anti-inflammatory action to conventional corticosteroid based drugs, yet without those side effects. It has even been compared to medication such as ibuprofen yet without the side effects frequently common with traditional prescription or non-prescription anti-inflammatory medications.
Emu Oil Is Perfect For Psoriatic Skin
Emu oil has been shown to reduce the depth and length of fine lines & wrinkles in many studies as well being moisturising and a natural skin softener. It has been proven to be one of the fastest and most penetrating oils into the skin, as well as a trans-dermal carrier for any other added therapeutic ingredients or skin care. For example, I have found it fantastic for tinea or athlete’s foot, because it carries tea tree oil exceptionally well. It also carries lavender oil well. Just a few drops of lavender oil and a few drops of Emu oil mixed together works well for stress, anxiety and insomnia. If you have a chronic skin condition, why not at least try this amazing product? You will find that it has a non-greasy and very fine soft texture that is most agreeable. Some creams and oils I have recommended in the past for psoriasis patients left their skin feeling greasy, you will never get that feeling with 100% pure emu oil, and that’s one of the reasons I like it.
Emu Oil For Psoriatic Arthritis
Emu oil is very effective indeed for different forms of arthritis and muscular and joint aches and strains. This oil is also excellent with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and even psoriatic arthritis. The Emu oil product I recommend here is called E-Balm; it contains a very high percentage of Emu oil, blended with a selection of essential oils to help relieve strained muscles and joints. E-Balm is highly effective for deep-tissue massage and is used by Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Cycling, and Tri-athlete New Zealand teams as well as thousands of arthritis sufferers world-wide.
The 9 Properties of Emu Oil
Emu oil is particularly rich in omega 3 and 6 as well as vitamins A and E. It contains long carbon chains in its omega 3 that make it one of the rare few oils like pomegranate oil with excellent anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a deeply moisturizing oil and assists in the healing process of burns, bites, all manner of skin rashes, wounds and skin diseases. The oil acts as a natural liposome by delivering the many other ingredients as it readily and gently penetrates the skin’s outer layer and together with the other containing natural oils and vitamins helps to diminish the formation of scar tissue.
I recommend emu oil especially for severely dry, irritated and cracked dermal tissue, psoriasis, eczema and post-laser surgery irritation. Here are the nine properties of this natural oil:
- Highly penetrating, carries active ingredients onto and into the skin.
- Highly and deeply moisturizing.
- Highly blend-able – can even blend oils and waters together!
- Softens wrinkles, contains high levels of vitamins A, E & Omega 3.
- Non pore clogging – will not produce acne.
- Wound healing – burns, wounds, diminishes scar tissue.
- Anti-inflammatory – for arthritis, joint and muscle aches and pains.
- Bacteriostatic – no bacteria have been found to grow in emu oil.