Olive oil oh Olive oil where art thou Olive oil?
In the bathroom.
What? Usually it is in the kitchen. Yes olive oil has many health benefits. It is commonly used in the Mediterranean diet (one of the most recommended for a healthy lifestyle). Olive oil is probably one of the oldest oils to be used by many civilizations and its use dates as far back as the Egyptian Empire! Here are a few uses you may not have known olive oil is good for.
Olive oil moisturizes skin and slower aging process
Olive oil is rich in vitamins A, B-1, B-2, C, D, and Iron. Most importantly, olive oil helps the body to maintain strong levels of vitamin E, which is a great helper in delaying the aging process. You can also use olive oil as face moisturizer since the healthy fatty acid existing in olive oil encourage soft and suppler skin.
Even on the Eyes: Nightly, place a small amount of oil on your finger tips. Gently dab on the corner of your eyes, your eye lids and under your eyes. Use caution not to get in your eyes. You can also do this to your eye brows after tweezing or waxing to provide moisture and soothing relief.
One of my personal favorites is after using a pumice stone on your foot to scrub those hard earned calluses, apply olive oil to your feet then slip on your favorite most comfortable socks and let the oil soak in, leaving your feet soft and smooth.
Olive Oil as a Hair Treatment
Do you feel your hair getting dry and frazzled from the dry heating of our houses, or because the cold winter has forced you to wear hats when going out, or just because your work is stressing you out? Used on hair, olive oil can nourish, condition, and improve the strength and elasticity. Moreover, being olive oil a completely natural product, treating yourself with it will help reducing the stress caused by chemical products and therefore improve the health of your hair overall.
Instructions on Olive Oil Conditioning Treatment
- 1 Pour 1/2 cup of olive oil into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat it in the microwave for 20 seconds, or until warm.
- 2 Place a towel over your shoulders to protect clothing.
- 3 Put a small amount of olive oil in the palm of your hand and massage it into your hair. (If you have a dry scalp, massage a small amount into the scalp, as well. If you have oily hair, massage it into your hair, but stay at least 1/2 inch from the scalp.) Repeat the process of massaging small amounts at a time into the hair until the hair is entirely covered with olive oil.
- 4 Place your hair loosely on your head and cover it with a plastic shower cap.
- 5 Relax for at least 30 minutes while the olive oil is treating your hair.
- 6 Shampoo the olive oil out of your hair, condition with your usual conditioner. Rinse it out completely. You will see that the olive oil treatment makes you hair much softer and much more manageable, as well as gives it some added shine.
5 drops of an essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus, etc.) can be added for better scent. More than 1/2 a cup may be needed if you have extremely long or thick hair.