How Is Emu Oil Extracted?

By Katherine Bostick

Emu's are large, flightless birds belonging to the same group as ostriches. The emu has long been a favorite of the Australian aborigines for its meat and oil. Emu oil comes from the animals meat and therefore cannot be extracted while the bird is alive. Emu meat and oil have become so popular that emu ranches are cropping up in Australia and the United States and the emu's are raised for the sole purpose of butchering for the meat and oil.

Where Does Emu Oil Come From

Emu's are large, flightless birds belonging to the same group as ostriches. The emu has long been a favorite of the Australian aborigines for its meat and oil. Emu oil comes from the animals meat and therefore cannot be extracted while the bird is alive. Emu meat and oil have become so popular that emu ranches are cropping up in Australia and the United States and the emu's are raised for the sole purpose of butchering for the meat and oil.

How Emu Oil is Removed from the Animal

Emu oil is actually found in a thick pad of fat that is located on the back of the emu. The fat is separated from the meat. Next, the fat is removed from the skin, ground and then melted. Then the emu oil is sent through the processing phase, during which it is filtered, refined, sterilized and deodorized. However, not all emu oil goes through all these steps. Some emu oil is simply filtered and still contains contaminants and bacteria.

Properties of Emu Oil

After rendering, the emu oil has less than 5 percent fatty acids in the oil. Once the oil is completely processed, there is no fatty acid in the final product. Emu oil extraction and processing is a lengthy process but the properties of emu oil may be worth the effort. Emu oil is hailed as a topical application for arthritis and inflammation. It is also used to treat burns and can be a skin penetrating and moisturizing agent.

About the Author

Katherine Bostick has been writing since 1993. She is a freelance writer and has written articles for both the "Spectator" and the "Crossties" newspapers. Bostick writes articles on educational topics, personal essays, health topics, current events and more. Bostick performs copy-editing and book-review services and produces her own local newspaper in South Florida.

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