The Aboriginal Australians are the oldest living culture on earth and can trace their lineage back more than 40,000 years. For them, Emu Oil is considered a Traditional Sacred Food, thus named because they were the essential foods needed for their optimal health and development.
Long before Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food,” traditional cultures were, out of necessity, doing just that to maintain vibrant health.
These special foods had concentrations of nutrients far beyond those found in foods available to most of us today.
The Aboriginal people pass down knowledge by word of mouth, so it wasn’t until 1860 that Emu Oil’s traditional use was first recorded by G. Bennett in his “Gatherings of a Naturalist in Australasia.”
He reported that Aboriginals and early white settlers used Emu Oil to heal wounds, reduce pain and relieve various joint and muscular disorders.
The Emu was so revered by the native Australians that it is part of their mythology, their Dreamtime.
In the 1930’s, Dr. Weston Price, a pioneer in nutrition, traveled the world analyzing diets of primitive people. His findings are so important that his book, “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” is still being published.
He was in awe of the incredible moral, spiritual and physical health of the indigenous Australians. They were free of chronic disease—strong and attractive people with broad faces and they produced healthy children generation after generation.
Interestingly, once these same people started eating a Westernized diet: refined grains, denatured foods and refined sugar, they experienced tooth decay, narrowing of the face, degenerative disease and infertility.
Dr. Price found that primitive diets were consistently rich in micronutrients: vitamins, activators (activates nutritional profiles of other nutrients), and minerals. Westernized diets are lacking in those nutrients.
He found that primitive people consumed a diet containing “at least ten times the fat-soluble activators—vitamins found only in animal fat—compared to the typical American diet of his day.”
Price considered these fat-soluble vitamins to be the key components to healthy diets.
The Aboriginals favorite foods were fat from the “intestines of marsupials and emus.”
Man has not biologically changed in 40,000 years. We still need the nutrient dense foods of our ancestors.