Olive oil is one of the most sought after natural oils for skin care. In fact olive oil has been used as an ancient remedy for skin care during the Egyptian civilization and it is still widely used today. Everything from stretch mark therapy, acne therapy and anti-aging therapy have been used for a long time. The general population will most likely use olive oil as a food condiment but in fact, it has far more use than just a dip with bread or on your plate of spaghetti.
The most expensive olive oil product is usually labeled as “extra virgin” or “cold pressed”. This is because extra virgin olive oil is extracted from the first pressing of olives. It is not processed and it is the purest of olive oil extract. So if you are buying any bottle of extra virgin olive oil for cooking, you’ll be pleased to know that it is the healthiest type of oil for cooking. Even skin products labeled as “extra virgin” are more expensive, have more nutritional compounds for skin health and are far better at helping to improve the appearance of your skin.
Let’s find out what are the benefits of olive!
There are a variety of antioxidants in olive oil including Vitamin A and E but the most potent compound is hydroxytyrosol. Hydroxytyrosol is a very rare but potent antioxidant found in olive oil that prevents free radical damage on skin cells. This compound also absorbs deeply into the skin and is suitable for all skin types. For this reason, olive oil has very potent anti-inflammatory properties. The high content of antioxidants in olive oil makes it particularly useful for anti-aging and anti-wrinkle treatments.
As explained earlier, olive oil is abundant in antioxidants. These antioxidants work really well as moisturizers. One of the main reasons why olive oil works really well as a moisturizer is the hydrophilic properties of these antioxidants which allow it to form a protective barrier trapping moisture on your skin. Lots of skin products used various synthetic chemical that do moisturizer but they clog your pores and are carcinogenic in some cases. For this reason, olive oil can be applied on your face. In addition to that, its deep penetrating properties not only moisturize your skin but also help brighten your skin.
To use olive oil on your face, just follow these simple steps:
- Wash your face with water thoroughly.
- Apply a layer of olive oil moisturizer on your face just before you go to sleep.
Why olive oil? One of the main reasons is because it does not clog pores. The other reason is because it smoothens your skin texture and softens your skin due to its intrinsic antioxidant properties.
Just mix a little bit of olive oil and sea salt on your palm. Use extra virgin olive oil for best results. Rub it evenly and then apply it over dry skin to remove dead skin cell layers. If you don’t want to use sea salt you can opt to use sugar as well in the mixture. It is best to use salt and olive oil mixture on your face. Sugar and olive oil mixture is best used on the body. It will allow healthier and younger skin to grow upwards and replace dead skin. Do this every week and be on your way to healthier and younger looking skin.
Health & Other Benefits
Take 1 tablespoon of olive oil on an empty stomach to stimulate digestion and relieve upset stomach, flatulence and heartburn. When olive oil is taken internally, it actually also does stimulates metabolism, promotes digestion and lubricates mucous membranes.
The monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels without affecting HDL (“good”) cholesterol or triglyceride levels. To lower your cholesterol at least 15% of your daily calories should come from monounsaturated fatty acids. Whenever possible use olive oil in place of butter or other vegetable oils in cooking, in preparing dressings for salads or vegetables and in making sandwiches.
The presence of antioxidants in olive oil makes it an appropriate hair oil that promotes overall scalp health. The chemical damage that is caused due to the excessive use of chemical based hair products can be treated with the help of olive oil, thus giving room for the growth of healthy hair. Simply massage the scalp with olive oil every evening for eight days. Let it work overnight and wash it out in the morning.
To help build strong fingernails and soften cuticles, soak your nails each night in a mixture of 3 parts lukewarm olive oil to 1 part freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Put on cloth gloves and let the oil penetrate overnight. The absorbed moisture into the fingernail works to strengthen brittle fingernails and it will gradually become more resistant to breaking and chipping.
To clear stopped-up ears, put a few drops of lukewarm olive oil in the affected ear. Lie for 5 minutes on the opposite side, then turn over, so that the olive oil can flow out again. (Do not put any liquid in your ear if you think you may have a perforated eardrum!) For earaches, soak a cotton pad in olive oil, then add 5 drops of lavender oil. Place it loosely in your outer ear until the pain subsides. I recently put a few drops of olive oil in my cats ears to relieve her of an ear infection. It’s also great for drowning any ticks that may be inside your pets ears.
As you can see olive oil benefits are endless. It’s one ingredient that is fun, safe, and inexpensive to experiment with.