Emu oil can be applied to the skin to relieve muscle pain and soreness, aching joints, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, shin splints and gout, according to WebMD. Emu oil is sometimes placed inside the nose to help treat colds.
Emu oil can be applied directly to the skin or taken by mouth as a supplement. If taken orally, emu oil can improve cholesterol levels, aid in weight loss, act as a source of polyunsaturated and monosaturated fatty acids, and help relieve cough, cold and flu systems, according to WebMD.
If applied directly to the skin, emu oil can help reduce pain and irritation from shingles, bedsores, hemorrhoids, insect bites, rashes and razor burn, according to WebMD It can also help relieve diabetic nerve pain, earaches, eye irritation and even frostbite. For animals, emu oil can prevent cracked or peeling paws and reduce the irritation caused by flea bites.
According to WebMD, emu oil contains fatty acids that can reduce pain and swelling and may help reduce sudden inflammation and chronic inflammation. Used in combination with glycolic acid, emu oil lowers triglyceride and cholesterol levels and can also help relieve allergies, prevent scarring, treat migraines and headaches, prevent nosebleeds, and relieve cramping and pain caused by menstruation. When applied to the skin, it has moisturizing characteristics similar to mineral oil.