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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Emu Oil Treatment for Swimmers Itch (also called Duck Rash)

Swimmers Itch Rash

Last fall I began corresponding with a customer named Mary who was suffering from what her Dr. had diagnosed as swimmers itch (cercarial dermatitis).  Mary had developed a skin rash in late August after returning from a Florida vacation where she spent several hours in a salt water pool.  She said the pool was very warm and slightly green, but since it was a reputable hotel chain she thought it was just the nature of a salt water pool.  


What is Swimmers Itch?


CDC Cercarial_LifeCycleSwimmers itch is caused by a parasite which can live in fresh or salt water.  They usually don’t survive in swimming pools that are chlorinated or sanitized with salt water generators, unless there is a lapse in maintenance.  This parasite has numerous stages of development that cycle it between primarily two hosts – ducks and snails.  However, if someone is unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, the cercariae (larvae stage) can penetrate the outer layer of human skin.  Because these larvae cannot survive in a human body they die after a few hours releasing toxins into the skin which cause the rash.  

For most people the rash only lasts a few days, but for those with weakened immune systems,  previous or prolonged exposure to the parasites, the rash can be very difficult to heal.  Mary and I have also speculated on the possibility that Cyanobacteria  (commonly, and erroneously known as blue-green algae) might have played a secondary role as that too can produce skin irritation and may have been responsible for the greenish tinge to the pool water.

Using Emu Oil for Swimmers Itch 


For Mary the initial rash then developed into a secondary infection resulting in deep abscesses on her ankle.   Her Dr. prescribed an anti-biotic, but after reading the two pages of side effects  Mary felt that she wanted to try to treat the sores naturally and would fill the prescription only if that didn’t work.  

She had started using emu oil purchased elsewhere and when that supply ran low stumbled upon our site and purchased our AEA Certified Pure Emu Oil.  After applying our Emu Oil in small amounts, frequently, through-out the day she began to see much stronger results.  "Some of the experience is mind blowing as I am literally watching new skin being formed."  She said, as she "could see it healing from the deepest levels up".

 “I have had to learn real faith in an alternative natural method, real faith, not just experimenting.  This experience has also shown me that my diet has to be totally changed, too, and I was cheating on that.”  Mary had previously identified that gluten and sugar were compromising her health and though she worked hard to control her diet she had been cheating and felt that was another factor in her body’s weak response to the toxins.  In her own words - “I think the universe is teaching me a lesson about changing my diet to eliminate sugar which can aggravate these rashes/infections.”

Mary’s full healing still took months, and she experienced a few further out-breaks as her body continued to fight the toxins.  She later began taking the DuoFlex Emu Oil Gel Caps and felt the combination of taking Emu Oil internally and applying it topically really helped her healing.

We continued to correspond on her condition and she wrote me again saying “This 4th month has been a test of my faith, as the top layers of my re-grown skin have been slow going, but each day Songline Oil penetrates with its powers, I feel it soothing and calming the place on my ankle, which has completely closed up into pink new skin. Words can’t express my gratitude for Songline especially since the dermatologist had no clue, just wanted me on an antibiotic with a lot of side effects.  My ankle and foot are healing nicely.  The power of Songline Oil is felt immediately, as it calms and soothes any discomfort or itching right away.  Thank you Songline , I am so glad I found you on the Web when I got home from the Florida hotel.  And I have used 3 other brands of Emu Oil in the past, but only Songline has the more powerful effect.”

I would like to thank Mary for sharing her experience.  She impressed me with the level of research she was willing to do to understand what was happening to her body and decide which treatments felt right to her;  and her understanding of how important diet is to our over-all health.  I talk to far too many people who would rather take a pill they know little about then even attempt to make an uncomfortable life-style change.

Mary’s final advice “I’d like to say to everyone, if your hotel pool is really warm and has greenish water, stay out!  If you are going swimming in a lake or the ocean, stay out of the shallows---the algae and marine toxins are attracted to these areas.”   And I’d like to add.  If you are going on vacation – don’t forget your Emu Oil.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Emu Oil Farmed and Formulated in the USA

Emu Farmed in the USA

Note overcrowding in pens in background
Emu Farm in India - Note over-crowding in pens in background
Now, more than ever it is vital to know where your emu oil comes from. Recent increases in demand for Emu Oil are bringing more farmers, rendering and formulating facilities, packagers and distributors into the market.

Vast emu farm/factories have been established in India, China and other parts of the world. Atrocious conditions, lack of sanitation and regulation in these areas have already led to micro-biological and chemical contamination of air, rivers and ground water. Furthermore no feed safety regulations exist. Remember melamine contamination of pet foods?

Do you want to spread highly penetrating emu oil on your skin from places where standards and practices are uncertain?

Stanley Johnson and Bird
Emu Farming at Songline - Room to roam, shelters and love.
Small U.S. farms that use sound humane, natural and sustainable practices will produce the highest quality oil. Songline Emu Farm raises our birds without hormones, unnecessary antibiotics, chemical pesticides or herbicides.

The birds have plenty of space, fresh water, sunshine and attention. We sell oil from our own birds and those of other select US farmers who follow the same farming and feed practices.

Emu Oil Formulated in the USA

Our oil is processed in the USA, at a food grade oil refining facility, using a vacuum deodorizer. This technology is used most widely in food processing and has the longest history at being the most effective and efficient at producing the safest product. The Vacuum Deodorizer brings the oil to proper temperatures to insure sterilization.

Being from an animal source, it is very important that emu oil is brought up to an acceptable temperature for a period of time to insure that any viruses, infections or bacteria that may have been picked up at the meat processing plant or other sources is removed. It is then filtered using natural clay rather then chemicals. The final proprietary process finishes the oil to insure a creamy product with no separation. The whole process is done under GMP (General Manufacturing Practices) for food products.

All of our emu oil is processed according to the AEA Trade Rules and carries the American Emu Association Certified Fully Refined Seal.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Emu Oil and Rosacea

Rosacea Image"According to surveys conducted by the National Rosacea Society, most rosacea patients have felt the negative emotional effects of their condition regardless of severity or subtype.

In a survey of 1,675 rosacea patients, 90 percent said that rosacea's effect on their personal appearance had lowered their self-esteem and self-confidence, and 88 percent said they had suffered embarrassment. They also reported a wide range of other negative feelings, including frustration, cited by 76 percent; anxiety and helplessness, each noted by 54 percent; depression, 43 percent; anger, 34 percent; and isolation, 32 percent. Fifty-two percent of the respondents said they had avoided face-to-face contact because of the disorder.   From National Rosacea Society Rosacea Review

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition which affects  over 14 million people in the US. Its cause is still a mystery and according to the medical profession it cannot be cured only managed. Rosacea may manifest as general redness and flushing on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin; it may flare when triggered to produce bumps and acne-like inflammations; left unattended it may result in prominent spiderlike blood vessels, thickening of the skin and bump like lesions (WC Fields trademark nose) and can even affect the eyes and eyelids with redness and reoccurring styes .

With such visible symptoms a feeling of self-consciousness and isolation can easily deter a person's quality of life. Treatments range from cover-ups and color correcting gels; to topical and sometimes oral antibiotics and anti-inflammatories; to laser and light treatments.

Common topical treatments for rosacea are:

Azelaic Acid - an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial compound which can reduce redness and inflammation and curtail bacteria growth associated with Rosacea. Unfortunately it can also be a skin irritant and has induced cases of hypo-pigmentation (loss of skin pigmentation or white patches) as well as facial hair growth.

Metronidazole - an antibiotic, amebicide, and antiprotozoal compound the mechanics of which are complex and understudied. Basically it is absorbed by anaerobic bacteria (bacteria which do not require oxygen to survive) and starts a chain reaction of chemical processes ending with the production of toxins which kills the bacteria.Adverse reactions for topical use include local redness, dryness, and/or skin irritation; and eye watering (if applied near eyes). Prolonged systemic use of metronidazole has resulted in nausea, diarrhea, and/or metallic taste in the mouth. Recently, there have been reported cases of interaction with SRI/SNRI antidepressant drugs inducing a potentially life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome.

First and foremost it is important with Rosacea to seek a dermatologist's assistance in diagnosing the problem and considering treatment alternatives. When weighing the costs and possible side effects of current treatment options you should consider pure emu oil and emu oil based natural topical applications as an alternative or complimentary option.

Benefits of Emu Oil 

Emu Oil brings deep delivery of moisture and bio-nutrients to increase skin's overall health and rejuvenation properties. It can be used as a complementary option to counter the drying or irritating effects of other treatments.

Emu Oil visibly reduces redness and inflammation while allowing the skin to breath. By increasing blood flow and cell permeability Emu Oil allows toxins to leave the cells and oxygen to enter. This process flushes out and drains inflammation from the tissue.

Emu Oil is bio-static meaning it will not foster the growth of bacteria.

Emu Oil works as a highly effective transdermal carrier. When used as a base oil as in Redness and Blemish Control it encapsulates other anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredients such as arnica and tea tree oil and escorts them through the skin to the affected tissue

Friday, December 23, 2016

Where Does Emu Oil Come From?

When an emu is 12-16 months old and weighs 100 - 120 pounds they are processed for their meat. At
the time of processing the bird has a layer of fat that can be 4-5 inches thick and weigh 25 pounds or more across it's back. This separate layer, along with any other body fat, is vacuum sealed and immediately frozen. The fat is then shipped to a specialty oil lab for rendering and refining. The basic steps to processing emu oil are to melt it, filter it and deodorize it. Oil rendering facilities strive to conduct these steps in a way that does not compromise the unusual properties of the oil.

While the meat is red and tastes similar to beef it is 97% fat free. What fat it has contains lots of Omega 3 (like deep water fish) making it heart-healthy. This means people with heart problems who have been instructed not to eat beef are still able to have a burger on the grill. Additionally the protein is not a mammal protein which means that people with Alpha-Gal Allergy are able to eat it.

Many people find it disturbing that the birds have to be killed to extract the oil, we can only assure you that birds on our farm and the other small farms we use are all treated with respect and affection. We all ensure that the birds have plenty of sun, room to run, healthy food, fresh water and plenty of interaction with people, which they seem to love.

When they are processed we do our best to make the entire process of loading, transportation and slaughter as humane as possible and then use as much of the bird as possible. Feathers go to crafters and fly-tie fisherman; hides, bones, organs and trim bits go to raw dog food makers; the meat is helping many people eat healthy and the oil is helping thousands of people with muscle and joint pain and skin problems from soothing radiation treatment burns to lupus rashes. In the spirit of many aboriginal peoples we honor the birds and are grateful for their gifts.

Dee Dee Mares and Gomer with AntlersThe truth is that these birds are a gift to mankind. Between the special properties of the meat and oil they offer us many miraculous products. When asked why we ever became emu farmers we tell people that originally it was because we fell for the birds, they are quirky and fun to be around. But we stayed with this when we saw how much the products were able to help so many people.

Over the 20 plus years we have been farming we have found our birds have become more and more easy to work with and looking for more affection at younger ages. I mentioned this once to a friend and she responded that it made perfect sense because she was certain that our birds spirits choose to reincarnate on our farm over and over again and that was why they seemed to recognize us so quickly. Have to say it made me feel better. It's not easy being a farmer but I'm glad I am.

If you would like to purchase emu meat I recommend my good friends in Connecticut - Penfield Farms;  in Maine - Birds of a Feather; Vermont - Adams Family Farm; and in Tennessee  at Amaroo Hills.

By the way the picture is of me (Dee Dee Mares) and Gomer - he wears antlers every Christmas because his big ambition is to lead Santa's sleigh. Maybe this year Gomer.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What is an Emu?

The Emu is the second largest bird on earth, standing around 6 ft tall and weighing 120-150 poundsAdult Emuas adults. The emu is a member of a family of flightless birds called Ratites. It is one of the oldest living beings on the planet outside the ocean. Research suggests they have been on earth in their present form for some 80 million years and evolved from a line of feathered dinosaurs that go back hundreds of millions of years. Emu are native to Australia.

The word Ratite is derived from a Latin word meaning flat or raft-like. It refers to the unique flat shape of their breastbone which has no keel bone to support the breast muscles of a winged bird. Other Ratites are the Ostrich from South Africa, the Rhea and Tinamou from South America, the Kiwi from New Zealand and the Cassowary from Australia.

Emu have basically docile and inquisitive natures. Their main defense is their speed – adults have been clocked at up to 40 miles an hour in bursts and able to maintain an average of 30 miles an hour over long distances. When cornered an emu can use its powerful legs and dinosaur-like feet to kick.

Emu have three main calls, a throbbing drum (by the female), a grunt (by the male) and a whistle (by the chick).

Aboriginal people of Australia used the emu meat and eggs as a source of food; leather for clothing; feathers for ornamentation; bones for weapons and tools; and oil for healing and skin protection against the harsh elements of the Australian bush. The emu was tightly woven into their physical sustenance, spirituality and mythology.

Emu are omnivorous. In the wild they eat fruits, flowers, insects, seeds and green vegetation; they also love caterpillars, mice and lizards. To aid in their digestive process, they will swallow stones. On our farm we feed them a specially formulated grain pellet containing numerous natural supplements to optimize health.

Male in Wild on Nest
The emu breeding season is dictated by the shorter days of the cooler Australian outback winter. First the male scoops out a shallow next. The female lays an egg in the nest which the male will cover with leaves and grass. 3-4 days later she will lay another egg and repeat this until there are 6-8 eggs in the nest. At that time the male will sit. The female may then find a second mate to start a second clutch. A hen can be productive for 20 years, laying between 20 and 50 eggs a year.

The male will incubate the eggs for 52 to 54 days. During that time he will rotate the eggs frequently, not leaving the nest to eat or drink. When the eggs hatch, the first thing he does is eat the eggshell to jumpstart his digestive system. Then he needs to find food and water for himself. The chicks have been known to walk 20 miles during their first few days following the male. The rooster will watch over the chicks until they are grown.

On our farm the emu have stayed with their genetic breeding patterns even in our harsh New England winters. The hens begin to lay just before Christmas and continue through Easter; laying an egg regularly every 3 -4 days. We collect the eggs and store them at 45 degrees to inhibit incubation. When we have 12 -15 eggs we place them, as a batch, in a computerized incubator closely regulating temperature and humidity for 50 days. By doing this we hatch groups of chicks together.

When it's time to hatch the chicks take about 24 hours to break out of their shells. This struggle closes down the web like blood supply extending throughout the eggshell inner lining. This blood supply exchanged oxygen and carbon dioxide through the shell while the embryo grew. The struggle also assists in absorption of the yolk sack internally through the chick's belly button. During their first 4 days of life outside the shell chicks do not need to eat or drink until they have fully metabolize the yolk-sak.

Baby Emus and Egg
Chicks are cream colored with brown and tan stripes. By the time they are six months old, they will
have lost the stripes in favor of a solid chocolate brown color. By 1 year of age they will carry the lighter vary-colored feathers of the adults.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Emu Oil and Antiaging Eye Care

As we grow older our skin thins and loses elasticity. For already fragile skin around the eyes this
Ageless Eyes
translates to lines, puffiness and dark under-eye circles. Emu oil is made for these challenges. It penetrates deep into underlying tissue to deliver bio-nutrients which enhance the generation of new skin cells making skin plumper and stronger. Clinical studies indicated Emu Oil thickened skin an average of 14% when applied twice a day over a two week period. Some members of the study saw a 33% increase. A plumper, more elastic skin layer can better support both the blood system, bringing in more oxygen and nutrients; and the lymphatic system, draining away toxins and waste. Your eyes will show you the difference very quickly.

Pure Emu Oil alone will do wonders for your eyes; however, if you are experiencing puffiness, heavy bags or dark circles Airbrush Refining Eye Cream is the product for you. This cream combines emu oil with other anti-aging ingredients like green tea extract, vitamin E, aloe, elastin, collegen, ceremides and panthenol. I swear I can watch puffiness disappear.

What causes bags under eyes? Under eye bags happen as skin thins and is unable to hold tight the fat deposits behind it when they retain fluid. Fluid retention can be caused by a number of issues, here are just a few:
Seasonal allergies  - a cold or sinus infection – Sinuses are the air-filled cavities located within the bones that surround our nose, cheeks and eyes. These cavities filter our air while a thin layer of mucus traps viruses, bacteria and allergens before they enter the lungs. When these cavities become inflamed the membranes secrete larger amounts of mucus to help get rid of the irritants. This causes the membrane to swell and excess fluid to find its way into surrounding tissue.
A diet full of salty foods – the body can only store excess salt in fluid suspension. This will be stored in the skin around your eyes. Remember most salt is not coming from your shaker, its coming from processed foods.

Lack of sleep – studies have shown that fewer than seven hours sleep was likely to result in high blood pressure (both systolic and diastolic) at both the beginning of the study and five years later. In fact, each hour of sleep that a subject chronically missed meant a 37 percent increase in the risk for high blood pressure.

High blood pressure - pushes fluid into the tissue surrounding the eyes. This can happen with just one night’s troubled sleep.

Alcohol and food – (especially wines) lower anti-diuretic hormones (ADH) in the body causing dehydration. When the body senses dehydration it reacts defensively by storing fluid in soft tissue. Additionally food sensitivities (gluten, lactose, sugar, nuts, etc) may contribute to inflammation. Over time consumption of too many processed or inappropriate foods can leave the body sluggish and unable to eliminate waste efficiently.
Sleep position - (stomach sleeping) if you sleep on your stomach, gravity naturally causes the under eye area to fill up with fluid.
Hormones and medications – fluid retention from hormones (both natural and prescribed) and drug induced hypothyroidism (such as lithium) can also cause puffy eyes.
Medical conditions - kidney and thyroid problems may result in round bags or pouches developing under eyes.

Genetics - under eye puffiness can be caused by heredity. If your parents have “baggage” under their eyes you may too.

What you can do today

First, gently wash your face and around your eyes with a gentle, natural, hypo-allergenic cleanser. Then rinse your face and eyes repeatedly with cold water. Treat eyes to a 5 minute cooling compress, best is green tea bags. Cover the bags with hot water to release tannins then allowed to cool in the refrigerator to a comfortable temperature. You can also use chamomile tea bags or raw cucumber, potato or apple. Potatoes can be very helpful for dark circles.

Using pure Emu Oil or a gentle moisturizer gently massage around the eyes to drain the lymphatic system, increase blood flow and relax muscles. I highly recommend you watch this online demonstration by Janet Goodrich. She shows many fine acupressure and lymphatic drainage techniques that will relieve puffiness and improve your overall appearance as well as optical health. If you find the techniques helpful check with a local spa or therapy center for professional lymphatic massage. I’ve experienced amazing results with this technique when suffering from sinus problems.

Finish off by gently dabbing your favorite eye cream just above and below the eyelids.

Changes you can make

If you suffer from allergies - take an over the counter allergy medication. Also eliminate potential allergens which may include feather pillows, fabrics, and detergents and face creams with a lot of chemical additives.

If you indulge in salty snacks and processed foods – cut back.

If you are a stomach sleeper - try switching sleep positions. Try sleeping with your head slightly raised to avoid under-eye puffiness.

Don’t procrastinate – repeated swelling can permanently damage connective tissue under the skin resulting in pouches under your eye. These pouches do not respond to home remedies like normal, occasional puffiness does. There is a minor surgery that can be performed called “blepharoplasty,” where the surgeon makes a very small incision under the lower eyelid to remove the excess skin, eliminating the pouches.

And as always (the hint we hate to hear) a healthier lifestyle is essential to help your skin age better. A consistent exercise routine and fresh air goes a long way in keeping your skin healthy; adequate sleep and simple “eyes closed” resting is important. Minimize alcohol, caffeine, sugar and foods you may be sensitive to.

Friday, September 16, 2016

My Personal Pain Story

Me and DuoFlex on top of Mt Washington, NH 2008

In 2005 my body suddenly went into inflammatory overdrive in response to osteo-arthritis in my lower back. X-rays had revealed the problem years before but it never really bothered me. Something (I suspect a combination of stress and diet) suddenly triggered massive inflammation which wouldn't shut down.

What proceeded was 11 months of 24-hour pain that left me unable to get in and out of a chair or a vehicle; or unable to pick something up off the floor without excruciating pain.  Dr's prescribed NSIADS (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) which wrecked my stomach and pain medications which had me napping every afternoon at the farm. Over time immobility weakened the supporting muscles and pain began to radiate to other parts of my body; lack of exercise meant weight started to pile on and lack of sleep severely impacted my ability to function; depression/anxiety set in and I found myself on a frightening downward spiral.
I'm embarrassed to say how long it took me to snap to and launch my own quest for pain relief, especially when I already had emu oil products on my shelves.  By aggressively and consistently using a formulated emu oil pain relief cream (prior to DuoFlex); ingesting emu oil (prior to Gel Caps) and additionally working with my diet and exercise I was able to completely stop the pain and re-mobilize myself.   

That success was the basis for formulating our DuoFlex Pain Relief products and the beginning of my journey to take control of my own health.   I realized that we cannot hand over responsibility for our own health to ANY ONE ELSE.  Not a Doctor,  spouse, friend or child. Final accountability comes down to us and not only must we research and question and seek all possible solutions to our health challenges but we must always believe that there is a solution out there somewhere, and never give up until we find it.

11 years later and I am still pain free unless I overdo it (like hauling 50 pound grain bags around),  and then I apply DuoFlex cream at night and wake up feeling fine the next day. I continue to take the Gel Caps because of their myriad health benefits beyond reducing inflammation. My body broke the "Pain Cycle" of over-response to the arthritis and reprogrammed itself to respond normally.

If you know someone who suffers with Arthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Rheumatism, Neuralgia, Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, Lupus, Postherpetic Neuralgia stage of Shingles and other inflammatory conditions please forward this to them and tell them to start their own journey back to health.