We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Anne Geller, the Founder and CEO of Thunder Ridge Emu Oil Products and as it turns out, a leading authority on emus! Anne has been raising them on her 30-acre ranch in Virginia since 1993 and now, Thunder Ridge is the largest emu farm in the eastern United States. Anne named the Thunder Ridge farm and her company after the low-pitched thunder sound that female emus make—apparently, the Australian aborigines’ nickname for the emu is translated as “thunder chicken.”
These big birds were originally raised for their lean, low calorie, healthy red meat, but now, a market demand has quickly developed for their oil. Emu Oil is made up of essential fatty acids including Omegas 3, 6 and 9, which provides much needed nutrition for skin. Thunder Ridge Emu is one of the largest American Emu Oil distributors whose products have become recognized as one of the purest brands available. Purity is something that Anne is most proud of, because many products on the market purport to be pure but have some ingredients that are known to be carcinogenic. Anne urges people to check the labels very carefully and always finds the time to answer questions from consumers.
“People have supported me from the very beginning because they have seen good results and know that I stand by every product we make,” says Anne Geller.
Emu oil, one of nature’s best-kept secrets, offers a multitude of health and wellness benefits. It can be used as a moisturizer and as a skin nourishing treatment. With its abundance of essential fatty acids, it can also be helpful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Skin conditions tend to respond well to the anti-inflammatory properties which soothe the skin and help relieve inflammation.
Some people apply emu oil to the skin for relief from sore muscles, aching joints, pain or inflammation, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, shin splints, and gout. It is also used topically to improve healing of wounds, cuts, and burns from radiation therapy; to reduce bruises and stretch marks; to reduce scarring and keloids; to heal surgical wounds caused by removing skin for skin grafts; to reduce redness due to acne; and to soften dry cuticles and promote healthy nails. Emu oil is also used topically for athlete’s foot; diaper rash; canker sores; chapped lips; poor circulation; and skin conditions, including cancer, dry skin, dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles or age spots. It is also used to protect skin from sun damage.
Emu oil is one thing we’ll now make sure we have in our medicine cabinet!