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Fact vs Fiction: Is Emu Oil Good For Arthritis Sufferers?

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Frank has experienced it all: recurrent joint pain coupled with downcast mornings where it was just plain difficult to leave his bed.

"I had been struggling with my achy arthritic joints for years. Some mornings I wouldn't even want to get out of bed because of how stiff and painful my knees were.”

He’s not alone.

Arthritis affects many people worldwide, and although there’s no known cure, alternative medicine like emu oil can help with the day-to-day management of its painful symptoms.

Emu oil is a tried and tested natural remedy for the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.

In fact, one study found that the use of emu oil reduced inflammation by limiting the secretion of some proinflammatory factors, offering significant relief from osteoarthritis.

Frank can attest to emu oil’s anti-inflammatory properties.

 “I started applying emu oil to my knees, wrists, and hands twice a day, and within one week, I noticed a huge improvement in my arthritis symptoms. No more wincing while getting out of bed!"

How Do Emu Oil Products Work for Arthritis?

Arthritis Pain relief With Emu Oil

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that can affect practically any joint in the body, including the knees, hips, back, shoulders, hands, and fingers.

It can be painful and debilitating, to the point that it interferes with daily living and millions of people already suffer those symptoms. It's only natural that many doctors are quick to prescribe medications and drugs in order to ensure fewer people suffer the debilitation that are arthritis and osteoarthritis. Just look at the following symptoms:

  • Joint swelling
  • Joint tenderness
  • Join pain
  • Loss of range of mobility of the joins
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness of muscles

However, the drugs and medication, while helping with inflammation, pain, and stiffness, come with a myriad of unwanted side effects.

That's why more and more consumers turn toward holistic means of treating arthritis, and along the way, they discover the healing power of pure refined emu oil.


What is emu oil?

Let’s start by understanding where it comes from.

Scientifically known as Dromiceius novahollandiae, emus are flightless birds that Australian aborigines have been using for many purposes, including the benefits of their fat, for thousands of years.

Emu oil, derived from the emu bird, may originate in Australia but is extensively farmed in Europe, Canada, and the US. 

Abundant in fatty acids and essential nutrients, this oil is renowned for its remarkable properties in alleviating pain and inflammation. Beyond its therapeutic applications, emu oil boasts potent moisturizing and cosmetic benefits, making it a versatile remedy for various health concerns. It is widely employed for conditions such as hair loss, eczema, psoriasis, joint pain and arthritis, and numerous other health issues. Many people found that rubbing the fat of the emu onto their skin aided burn and wound healing. It also relieved pain and soothed dry, chapped skin.

How does emu oil work?

Fatty Acids Create an Anti Inflammatory Effect

Emu oil contains oleic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, palmitoleic acid, among others.

Research indicates that the properties of emu oil, like polyunsaturated fatty acids, contribute to its anti-inflammatory effect.

In fact, in one such study, emu oil acted as an effective inhibitor of chronic inflammation when applied as a skin penetration enhancer on subjects that had adjuvant-induced arthritis.

Here’s the interesting part: pure emu oil closely mirrors human skin oil, and that’s why it easily penetrates the skin into the tissues where its essential fatty acids get to work soothing inflammation and swelling.

Here’s how emu oil for arthritis works:

  • Omega 9, in particular, is the major fatty acid in emu oil responsible for this transdermal effect. When applied topically, it amplifies the transportation of bioactive compounds into the skin, where it’s absorbed quickly into the dermal layers.
  • Consequently, this reduction in inflammation helps relieve pain and stiffness and prevent further damage and scar tissue formation within the joints. It doesn’t stop there.
  • By reducing swelling and tenderness of the joints and surrounding muscles, emu oil can improve joint mobility and restore normal motion, which means less strain in your day-to-day activities.

Just look at how much this user is reaping the health benefits of emu oil.

"For years, I thought that my arthritis pain was just something I was going to have to live with -- unless I was willing to deal with prescription medications like Oxycodone and corticosteroids every day. But no more -- once I started putting emu oil on my sore hands and knees every day, I was finally able to start living with less pain. I feel like I got my life back!"

How Do You Use Emu Oil for Joint Pain?

Soothe My Pain Kit
Soothe My Pain Kit

We have not just one but three wonderful emu oil products that make up our Soothe My Pain Kit, which is the ultimate toolkit for pain relief.

Banish My Pain is a soothing ointment that includes a carefully selected combination of natural ingredients known for their pain-relieving properties.

Here are some of the ingredients and their benefits for the skin:

  • Sunflower Seed Oil—sunflower oil has an anti-inflammatory effect and also contains linoleic acid that maintains the skin’s natural barrier.
  • Camphor—Camphor relieves pain, irritation, and itching and has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Shea Butter—a 2016 study of shea oil concentrate revealed that it could help reduce inflammation while also protecting joints from further damage.
  • Arnica Montana Flower—Arnica has been shown to reduce pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis in the hand and knee.
  • Calendula Flower—calendula extract increases the amount of collagen in wounds, thus enhancing the wound healing process.
  • Lemon Balm Leaf—rosmarinic acid in lemon balm has more active antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory effects making it effective in relieving arthritis symptoms.
  • Chamomile Flower—its chemical composition contains active ingredients that significantly reduce the need for pain relief medication for arthritis.
  • Vitamin E—Vitamin E treatment has been seen to prevent cartilage degeneration and improves oxidative status in animal models of osteoarthritis.
  • Lavender Oil—it can be an effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory treatment, that when applied topically, provides more pain relief than prescription medication like tramadol.
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract—GSE may suppress bone destruction in inflammatory autoimmune arthritis hence significantly reducing pain and cartilage loss through increased collagen production.

Banish My Pain is perfect for both daytime and overnight relief of joint aches and pains and unlike other pain creams, the scent is mild, not medicinal.

Here are some tips from one happy customer who uses this product for pain relief.

“I use Banish My Pain for arthritis and fibromyalgia. It does a good job of lessening both types of pain. I use the product on my neck and shoulders,foot, back and hands. I have learned to use a smaller amount on one site instead of using a large amount at once trying to cover a large area. It's easier to massage in and absorbs more quickly.”



For inflammation, gently massage a small amount of Pure Emu Oil over sore joints and muscles at least two or three times per day for optimum effect. In combination with Banish My Pain with 3.4% camphor and approved by the FDA, emu oil's pain relief effects are amplified.

“I am really enjoying the product. It seems to be helping with my knee arthritis. The oil is helping with my skin as well.”

When your arthritis pain flares up while you’re out and about, use the On The Go Stick to quickly relieve the pain.

Some of the ingredients in the soother stick are:

  • Comfrey Leaf Oil—Originally referred to as “knitbone,” the root and leaves of the comfrey plant have been used for years to treat muscle sprains and joint inflammation
  • Cocoa Seed Butter—Cocoa contains antioxidants known as polyphenols that reduce inflammation and protect the skin from sun damage.
  • Evening Primrose Oil—the gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in evening primrose oil can reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain without causing a side effect.
  • Cajeput Oil—this oil is used either alone or in combination with other ingredients in antiseptic lotions to treat joint pain and other types of pains.

The stick is small enough to fit in a purse or your pocket, so you can use it “whenever wherever.”

“Wonderful! I have fibromyalgia and arthritis and these products are a miracle in a tube. They have relieved my pains all over my body without smelling or greasiness. This is a lifesaver!!”


Soothe My Skin

Looking for more lasting relief from your arthritis symptoms? Then the Soothe My Pain Kit  is perfect for you.

Emu Joy’s all natural products -- Pure Emu Oil, Banish My Pain and the On the Go Stick -- can help you just as they’ve helped many of our grateful customers above.

Order your kit through the link below.

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1. Does Emu Oil Really Help Arthritis?

- There is subsequential research suggesting that emu oil does, in fact, provide relief for arthritis symptoms. Pure emu oil contains anti-inflammatory properties, and its application may help reduce joint pain and inflammation for many people. By reducing swelling and tenderness, emu oil improves joint mobility. This helps restore normal joint motion.


2. Which essential oil is best for arthritis pain?

- Emu oil's potential pain-relieving properties are linked to its anti-inflammatory effects and that's why it's one of the best essential oils for pain relief. Many consumers report experiencing reduced pain, especially in the context of arthritis or joint-related discomfort. Emu Joy has created Banish My Pain, an emu oil-based ointment, for this purpose. It's packed with camphor and Arnica Montana flower to reduce pain, irritation, and itching. 


3. Is emu oil good for bones?

- Yes. Arthritis and Osteoarthritis are caused by joint inflammation, albeit for a different reason. Pure emu oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help lessen the symptoms and the pain. It's more effective than some essential oils because it's very similar to the skin's natural oils and, as such, penetrates deep through all 7 layers of the skin and finally reaches the bone and heals it too. 

Emu Joy pure emu oil toolkit containing pure refined emu oil, Banish My Pain and On the Go Stick is really all that's needed to effectively battle any and all symptoms of arthritis and osteoarthritis.


4. Who should not use emu oil?

Emu oil is generally considered safe for topical use, but like any substance, it may cause side effects in some individuals. Common side effects are usually mild and can include skin irritation or allergic reactions. It's essential to perform a patch test before widespread use and discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur. Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals and those with known allergies should exercise caution and consult with a healthcare

provider before using emu oil. 

As always, consumers should ensure their emu oil product is of the finest quality, meaning it is 100% pure, ethically sourced from a single farm, refined, and FDA-approved - just like Emu Joy Emu Oil!

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