Emu Bush: Unleashing the Power of Ancient Wisdom

Emu Bush - Traditional Uses, Modern Uses, and How to Grow This Plant

What is Emu Bush?

Common Names of Emu Bush

Emu Bush, scientifically known as Eremophila longifolia, is also known as Berrigan. This remarkable plant is native to Australia and is a prominent part of the country's rich flora.

Arrernte Name: Utnerrenge

In the Arrernte language, Emu Bush is called Utnerrenge, pronounced "Ort na rung." This name highlights its cultural significance among the Arrernte people of Central Australia.

Traditional Uses by First Nations People

Medicinal Uses

For thousands of years, First Nations people in Australia have revered the Emu Bush for its powerful medicinal properties. Traditionally, it was used to treat a variety of ailments. The leaves were often burnt to create smoke inhaled to relieve sickness. Newborns were laid in the smoke of smouldering leaves to ensure the child grew strong and healthy. The sap was used to treat burns and sores, as it naturally soothes dry and irritated skin. Extracts of Utnerrenge were also used as a cream and antiseptic. Cultural Significance

Beyond its medicinal uses, the Emu Bush holds significant cultural value. It was used in various ceremonial practices and was often used in smoking ceremonies to cleanse and protect. Emu Bush in Yaye's Products

Harnessing Traditional Knowledge

At Yaye, we deeply respect and incorporate the traditional knowledge of our ancestors. Our Emu Bush-infused products are a testament to this, bringing the ancient benefits of this plant into modern skincare.

Benefits in Skincare

Emu Bush is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a perfect ingredient for skincare products. It helps soothe irritated skin, reduce redness, and promote overall health. Our products harness these benefits to offer a natural and effective skincare solution.

Cosmeceutical Applications

Natural Phyto-Compounds

Emu Bush is an Aboriginal bush medicine plant that has evolved over millions of years by storing vast quantities of the Phyto compounds needed to survive the extreme weather conditions of Central Australia. Utnerrenge extracts are packed with chlorogenic acid (GCA) and ferulic acid. These properties are suitable for soothing skin, reducing signs of ageing, and assisting with after-sun care. The compounds found in Utnerrenge are perfect for dark spot reduction and anti-ageing.

How to Grow Emu Bush

Choosing the Right Spot

Growing Emu Bushes in your garden is relatively straightforward. They thrive in well-drained soil and require plenty of sunlight. Choose a sunny spot to plant them.

Planting and Care

Plant the seeds or seedlings in well-drained soil. Water them regularly, but be careful not to overwater, as the Emu Bush is drought-resistant. Mulching around the base can help retain moisture and keep weeds at bay. This drought-tolerant, evergreen shrub is perfect for gardens in Inland Australia, making it a fantastic addition to your collection of common shrubs.

The Benefits of Emu Bush in Skincare Products

Natural Antibacterial Properties

One of the standout benefits of Emu Bush in skincare is its natural antibacterial properties. This makes it an excellent ingredient for combating acne and other skin infections.

Anti-inflammatory Effects

Emu Bush also boasts impressive anti-inflammatory effects. It helps reduce inflammation and redness, making it ideal for sensitive and irritated skin.

Antioxidant Power

Packed with antioxidants, Emu Bush can help protect your skin from environmental stressors and free radicals, promoting a youthful and radiant complexion.

Emu Bush: A Sustainable Choice

Eco-Friendly Skincare

Using Emu Bush in skincare is not only beneficial for your skin but also for the environment. It is a sustainable plant that requires minimal water and resources to grow.

Incorporating Emu Bush into Your Routine

Daily Skincare

Incorporate Emu Bush into your daily skincare routine with Yaye's range of products. Our Emu Bush-infused products ensure your skin stays healthy and vibrant, from cleansers to moisturisers.

Final Thoughts

Emu Bush is a versatile and powerful backyard shrub plant with a rich history of traditional use by First Nations people. Its benefits in modern skincare are undeniable, and incorporating it into your routine can provide numerous advantages for your skin. At Yaye, we are proud to bring you products that honour this traditional knowledge while offering you the best natural skincare.


  1. Can I grow Emu Bush indoors?

Emu Bushes can be grown indoors with plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil. Ensure they get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.

  1. Are there any side effects of using Emu Bush in skincare?

Emu Bush is generally safe for most skin types. However, a patch test before using new skincare products is always best. Patch testing before using any new skincare product is always best.

  1. How often should I water Emu Bush?

Emu Bush is drought-resistant and doesn't require frequent watering. Water it once the topsoil feels dry.

  1. Can Emu Bush be used for other purposes besides skincare?

Yes, Emu Bush has a variety of uses, including medicinal applications and as an ornamental plant in gardens.

  1. Where can I buy Emu Bush products?

You can purchase Emu Bush-infused products from Yaye's official website or select retailers that carry our skincare line.