Emu oil
Emu oil


Emu oil comes from the fat of a large, flightless bird called the emu. The emu is native to Australia and is now farmed in the US, Canada, and Europe.

Emu oil contains chemicals called fatty acids. These chemicals might reduce pain and swelling. Emu oil also has moisturizing and cosmetic properties similar to mineral oil.

People use emu oil for hair loss, eczema, burns, high cholesterol, psoriasis, wound healing, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if emu oil is safe or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: Emu oil is possibly safe when used for up to 8 weeks. It's usually well-tolerated.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if emu oil is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


There is interest in using emu oil for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

In adults, emu oil has most often been applied to affected areas of the skin 2-3 times daily for up to 8 weeks. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what type of product and dose might be best for a specific condition.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Emu Oil interacts with any medicines. Before taking Emu Oil, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.
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