Traditional Use of Emu Oil and the Australian EmuThe Australian Emu, has for many centuries been held in high regard and revered by the Australian Aboriginal people as a very important source of medicine, food, and clothing.
Australian emu oil was used by the aboriginal people to help reduce pain and swelling of joints, arthritic and muscle pain, improve the healing of wounds and burns, reduce itch and inflammation of insect bites. The emu oil was also in use for relieving sunburn, dry skin, cracked lips and skin irritations.
It was the aboriginal people who introduced emu oil as a healing aid to the early Australian explorers and settlers. Emu oil very soon became a valued addition to the settlers medicine cabinet and is still being used today.
Emu oil was collected by the Australian Aborigines by hanging an emu skin from a tree branch in the sun and collecting the dripping emu oil. At times they would wrap the skin around the sick person and place them in the sun allowing the oil to liquefy and penetrate the skin.
Emu egg shell powder is believed to have been used as a mineral supplement to promote well being. Analyses of the emu eggshell powder has shown that it would have provided the user with many of the essential minerals known to be necessary for general good health.
Emu meat and eggs were seen as a delicacy by the aboriginal people and today we know that the meat is low in fat and cholesterol and is high in iron and protein.
Emu skin and feathers had many uses such as covering for shelters, bedding and clothing. The emu provides two distinct types of leather, body leather is soft and pliable while the leg leather is tougher with a unique and durable reptilian texture.
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