Studies have shown that emu oil has great moisturizing and skin penetration properties (1) but it is the anti-inflammatory properties of emu oil that are of most interest to owners of animals with inflamed skin. Previous studies have demonstrated the anti-inflammatory effects of emu oil on a variety of ailments (2 - 4) and specifically its effectiveness at reducing inflammation of the skin (5). Emu oil provides a completely safe means of treatment that will have no adverse effects if the animal licks it and because of its ability to readily transfer through the skin barrier it should provide beneficial effects before the animal can lick it off.
The skin healing properties of emu oil have also been demonstrated in studies on wound healing (6) and burns caused by both hot water and fire (3) all of which showed that these different types of damage to the skin were markedly improved by treatment with emu oil.
1. Zemstov,A et al. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 37: 159-162, (1996).
2. Snowden, JM and Whitehouse MW. Inflammopharmacology, 5: 127-132, (1997).
3. Lagniel, C and Torres, AM. Burns, 33, S1: 48A (2007).
4. Lindsay, RJ et al. British Journal of Nutrition, 104: 513-519, (2010).
5. Lopez, A et al. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 60, 12: 1558-1561, (1999).
6. Politis, MJ and Dmyrowich, A. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 102: 2404-2407