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Emu Oil Refining Explained
The refining of emu oil, or any consumable oil, isn't the huge complicated affair that it is made out to be.Plainly stated, the refining of emu oil (any oil) simply involves filtering the oil at the proper temperature to remove impurities and this can be done by a couple of different methods. One method of filtering is to separate the impurities by mixing the oil with a powder substance and this will adhere to the impurities which can be removed. Another method is to press the oil through a dense set of paper filters.
Different methods are also used to obtain the proper temperature. Some use electricity, some use gas, and some use steam. Keeping the temperature stable during the filtering process is important. From our experience, steam is best because it is the most stable.
About Emu Oil Refining Claims
Advertisements abound about how one refining method is better than another but in truth, ordinary refining methods produce grade A emu oil that is absolutely suitable for any application you desire including orally ingesting the oil (a common practice). Actually, the emu oil that is in soft gelcaps is the very same oil that comes bottled in the various sizes!
When emu oil is refined it should be laboratory tested for certain properties (these properties are set by the American Emu Association), and when it meets that criteria, it is Grade A emu oil.
There are a lot of claims or "marketing ploys" about emu oil that is "Molecularly Distilled", "Organic", or "Pharmaceutical Grade" among others, but none of them say exactly what the differences are compared to normal refining. Check out "marketing ploys".
About Lab Testing Emu Oil
Lab testing is really a quick and fundamental procedure for any consumable oil. In basic terms, a sample of oil is mixed with different chemicals to produce certain colors. If the color is correct after mixing, the oil meets the standards. A chart with various shades of the necessary colors gives the number results.
It is possible and easy to find all sorts of "problems" in any product on the market with enough lab testing. Again, ordinary refining methods produce grade A emu oil that is absolutely suitable for any application you desire including orally ingesting the oil (a common practice).
We have been personally involved in refining hundreds of gallons of emu oil and the refining system is closed from start to finish. There really isn't a stopping place you could define as "pharmaceutical" or "cosmetic", etc.
About AEA Emu Oil Standards
When oil is properly refined it should be lab tested to verify that it meets or exceeds the oil standards which are set by the American Emu Association (AEA). Oil that meets these standards is "Grade A" emu oil and suitable for any application you desire. So, when you purchase emu oil, just verify that it meets the standards set by the AEA. You can see the AEA seal of approval right from the refinery on our emu oil below.
Emu Oil Marketing Ploys
AEA standards are not difficult to meet with ordinary refining methods, so all the "Organically Refined" - "Pharmaceutical Grade" - "Cosmetic Grade" processes are unrealistic and unnecessary. Emu oil that is "refined" with those applications should cost at lease two times the normal price because specialty refining is very expensive. It should also be noted that a sample of emu oil from two completely different producers can both meet AEA requirements and still have a huge difference in quality. Check out "marketing ploys".
About "Molecular Distilling"
Molecular distilling of oil began during World War II. It was used to remove metal from motor oil so it could be re-used in ships, vehicles, airplanes, etc. Now that fish oil is popular, molecular distilling is used to remove the mercury (a metal). Molecular distilling does not apply to emu oil.
Refining In A Nutshell
In a nutshell, the oil is pressed at high pressure through a series of filters at the correct temperature. Then the oil is spun at high speed in a centrifuge at the correct temperature to remove moisture. A vacuum is also drawn on the oil for deodorization. The oil is then tested in the laboratory to insure it meets the AEA oil standards.
First American Emu Oil Refinery
Texas A & M University was the first emu oil refinery in the United States. In January 1994, this state-of-the-art emu oil refining facility called EPIC (Emu Producers International Co-operative) was built with the help of Texas A & M, and originally founded by two hundred Texas investors.