One of the oils that is usually recommended for the treatment of psoriasis is emu oil which is obtained from the emu which is a flightless bird native to Australia. If you are trying to stay away from animal products, emu oil may not be for you. Emu oil for psoriasis treatment has been shown to be an effective natural remedy for the treatment of psoriasis lesions although there is a lack of scientific evidence on why it has been able to work for some.
Not for everyone
Psoriasis is still not very well understood and the symptoms and the severity can vary from one sufferer to another. There is also no current cure which means that of the many recommended treatments, what will work for one may not necessarily work for another and vice versa.
Trial and error is the only way to determine whether a certain treatment or combination of treatments will work for you or not. This applies to emu oil. While there are some who extol the benefits of emu oil, there are others who say that it is ineffective for psoriasis treatment.
The lack of scientific evidence for the use of emu oil for psoriasis treatment also does not help although research into various natural remedies besides emu oil is generally not present since there is no financial incentive for companies to conduct research into natural remedies since they cannot be patented.
How is emu oil made?
Emu oil is obtained after the meat is harvested from the birds, which means that it cannot be obtained while the bird is alive. All parts of the birds are used. The skin/hide is commonly used in the fashion garment industry in Europe, the meat can be a substitute for beef and the oil has many healing properties when applied topically. It is not to be taken internally. Each bird can produce about 5 liters of the oil which then is taken through a refining process which varies from one manufacturer to another.
The reason that many believe that emu oil can help to treat psoriasis is because of its properties. Emu oil contains natural anti-inflammatory properties and since psoriasis is an inflammatory disease, the anti-inflammatory properties of emu oil can help heal psoriasis lesions. The anti-inflammatory properties can also help to relieve the redness, itchiness and other discomfort associated with the lesions.
Emu oil also contains antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties which can help heal skin. It is also a “tissue nutrient” which can help normalize skin cell turnover by helping to reduce the rapid skin turnover associated with psoriasis. This skin healing aspect of emu oil is also another reason why emu oil is usually recommended for burn victims. There are even testimonials on its anti-aging abilities!
The skin moisturizing properties of emu oil also help to prevent dry skin. Dry skin can increase the risk of developing psoriasis lesions.
Emu oil is also rich is omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids that are especially beneficial for the treatment of psoriasis.
How to use emu oil for psoriasis
The best way is to use it is as a skin moisturizer after a warm bath. Adding Epsom salts to the bathwater can help to further soften skin.
While the skin is still slightly damp after this bath, apply emu oil (even to the face). If there are particular lesions that need special attention, you may want to cover these areas after applying emu oil with a plastic wrap for extra penetration.
Emu oil is a highly penetrative oil that does not leave the skin greasy looking which is one of its benefits. It penetrates skin without clogging pores.
Another way to use emu oil is in combination with phototherapy used for psoriasis treatment. Many psoriasis sufferers have extolled the benefits of this combination. You not only get the benefits of emu oil but also the benefits of light therapy for psoriasis.
These are just a few ways on how to use emu oil for psoriasis that you may want to consider.
Best emu oil for psoriasis treatment
The best emu oil for psoriasis treatment is the type that contains the most healing properties. This is usually 100 percent pure emu oil that contains no other oils and additives and preferably from free range, hormone free birds. Some of them even come with some form of certification from an Emu Association. It should not include any preservatives because a great refining process will produce an oil that requires no preservatives.
All the healing properties of this oil make emu oil for psoriasis treatment something that you need to seriously consider in your fight against psoriasis. For more on effective natural remedies for psoriasis treatment, the Psoriasis Revolution guide may be what you need. Click here for more on this holistic guide that has helped many a psoriasis sufferer break free from the chains of this chronic skin condition.