Emu Oil – Wonder Cure or Snake Oil?

In my search for home spa treatments and herbal home remedies, which I really love to play with, I came across a product called emu oil.

The next time I was in my local health food store to buy various essential oils and herbs for my last herbal experience, I asked the seller if they had any emu oil. She handed me a cobalt blue bottle with a picture of a large prehistoric-type bird on the label.

I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it yet, but I usually follow my hunch when I feel like I should buy something. It almost always becomes clear to me within a few days exactly what I’m going to use it for and I’ll be glad I bought it already and have it on hand. I learned a long time ago to trust this little voice in my head that always seems to be there to help me, even when I don’t quite understand why.

That day I started to create some delicious herbal spa treatment recipes that were quite delicious, but the emu oil stayed closed and put aside.

It wasn’t until a few days later that I found myself on the internet looking for a solution to a problem I had been having for about a month. The last time I visited my hairdresser, she recommended a hair product that would add volume and body, which I needed for the cut I was currently wearing.

I bought the product she recommended and liked the results. But soon, I start to notice that my scalp reacts badly. After several weeks of using the product, I finally decided that I should stop using it altogether. But by then my scalp had become irritated and itchy.

If you’ve ever felt itchy, you know it can drive you crazy. I wanted relief and I wanted it NOW!

Online I found information that indicated that one thing that might alleviate my condition was massaging emu oil into the scalp.

Hey, how about that! I happen to have a bottle of emu oil in the cupboard, and now I know why I bought it.

Well, not only did it give me instant relief, it also made my hair super soft.

So I started reading about some of the other things that emu oil has been touted as having been helpful in relieving.

Some of the articles were:

* Burns, including sunburn and radiation burns

* Heal wounds, cuts and minor wounds

* Relieves eczema, psoriasis and acne

* Soothes the discomfort of insect bites and rashes

* Helps prevent scarring of fresh wounds

* Helps reduce stretch marks and other skin imperfections

* Reduce pain and inflammation caused by arthritis

* Reduce swelling and muscle pain

* Improve the condition and growth rate of hair and nails

Apparently, some people claim that emu oil has been effective in reversing hair loss. Is there something that emu oil cannot do?

I personally have no experience with emu oil other than using it as I mentioned above. But I would definitely give it a try if I ever needed relief from any of the other issues that so many people say can help.

While 100% emu oil doesn’t really have a bad smell, it certainly doesn’t contain any of the scent scents that are typically added to other products we buy over the counter. I have found that adding a few drops of my favorite herbal essential oil to emu oil was a great way to have the smells I love while still being able to reap the benefits of the healing properties of emu oil.

Copyright © 2005 Sherry Sims

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