Less than ten years ago, most folks thought “emu” was a crossword puzzle answer. Today, Emu is the answer to many other puzzles: What to make for dinner? Emu Steak or Emu Burger. What to rub on sunburn to take the sting out? Emu Oil. What to apply to wrinkles to help with anti-aging? Emu oil and Emu oil creams, lotions and moisturizers. This phenomenon is happening not just in the United States, but also throughout the world. The flightless Emu is traveling the globe, according to The Emu Oil Institute.

“Many people would be shocked if they knew just how prevalent Emu products have become,” says Joanne Long, founder of The Emu Oil Institute. “Emu oil products can be found in many of the large department store now, as well as mail order catalogs and a heavy presence on the internet,” Long relays. “Not long ago, people couldn’t even pronounce Emu….now they are using it in their daily lives.”

Because of its broad-spectrum use, Emu oil has become a household good. Emu oil is full of essential fatty acids, making it ideal as a skin moisturizer, dietary supplement, tissue nutrient, and soap base. Emu oil contains Omega 3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids – a compound like no other when it comes to being accepted by the human body.

This flightless bird is raised throughout the world as a livestock commodity. Although the number of Emu farmers in the U.S. has declined, those farms still raising birds have increased their production to meet the ever-growing demand of Emu products. Some worry whether they’ll be able to keep up with demand.

Consumers now understand the value of keeping a bottle of Emu oil on hand for a multitude of uses. While much research is still needed to verify the beneficial components of Emu oil, consumers who have used Emu oil have realized the benefits and are buying it in record numbers. The Emu Oil Institute established an internet site at Emu-Oil.com to help educate the public and scientific community about Emu oil. According to Long, “We are receiving more and more inquiries from visitors to the site each month. More recently, pharmacists and large consumer product companies are contacting us for additional information. You would be surprised!”

Several Emu oil companies have reported remarkable increases in export sales, especially of pain relief products containing Emu oil. One smaller company alone used approximately seven thousand gallons of Emu oil in the production of Emu oil products in 2002, and expects that usage to double in 2003. This is one agricultural community to pay attention to in the U.S. market and abroad.

To learn more about Emu oil, visit The Emu Oil Institute on the internet at Emu-Oil.com, or call the Institute at 570-380-1077 and information will be mailed to you.

Author's Bio: 

Joanne Long is the architect and founder of the Emu Oil Institute, a web site devoted to educating the public about the healthful benefits of Emu Oil