This text is also taken from www.pegamo.se where I am one of the dealers.
Emu oil is an animal oil that comes from emun - an Australian relative to the African ostrich.
It is found in the wild only in Australia, but is now being raised around the world for the sake of red cholesterol and the strong, beautiful skins. For thousands of years, emun has been indispensable to Australia's indigenous people. Emun gave them meat, leather and a wonderful oil.
40,000 year old cave carvings have been found, with emun as a symbol of life and welfare. There is information that Emun is one of the oldest land animals in the world. It is believed to have existed here 80 million years ago. If this information is correct, it has lived simultaneously with the dinosaurs that died out some 64 million years ago.
Regardless of whether the information is correct or not, we, as daily come into contact with emu, feel that it is a very special kind of bird. They are often very aggressive - not against humans but against other emus of the same sex - especially during mating.
This, if you do not separate the animals, can result in damage. What is interesting, however, is how incredibly fast these injuries heal. In Australia and the United States, where emu oil has attracted considerable attention in recent decades, it is claimed to have a variety of therapeutic properties.
There, research and clinical tests are conducted to try to find out what gives emu oil these unique properties.
Some researchers believe it is some sterol or similar substance that makes emu oil anti-inflammatory, among other things. Other researchers believe that it depends on the emu oil's special fatty acid composition.
It is not only because emu oil contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, it has been shown by experiments where partly used emu oil which proved to be anti-inflammatory compared to chicken fat (which also contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats). The chicken fat gave no reaction at all.
Some of the benefits of emu oil lie in its striking resemblance to the natural fats found in our skin. (According to a report by Dr. Leigh Hopkins AEA News 1997). This skin's oil layer is often referred to as "sebum" and consists largely of fatty acid glycerides.
The ability of oils to penetrate the skin largely depends on the size of the molecules. Because the average size of emu oil molecules is very similar to those found in human sebum, emu oil penetrates through the topmost cell layers and transports triglycerides to cell wall receptors in the deeper layers of skin.
Properly treated emu oil consists mostly of monounsaturated fatty acids and in addition about 20% polyunsaturated fatty acids. It is completely free of phosphatides. Human skin is low in phosphate and “protects” against anything containing phosphorus. Scientists believe that precisely the lack of phosphorus in the emu oil makes it penetrate human skin so easily. A study done at Boston University (Dermatology Department Dr. M Hollick, MD Ph. 1995) showed that emu oil increased skin growth and increased skin thickness in mice treated with emu oil, compared to a control group treated with corn oil.
An increased growth of hair follicles was also noted in the animals treated with emu oil. Later tests on older people (Dr. P. Pugliese, MD, Pennsylvania 1997) showed that the skin thickness also increased on human skin.
Exactly what it is that gives emu oil its unique properties is not known for sure. What we know is, apart from our own experiences, all the testimonies from satisfied users of emu oil products that we have obtained over the years.