I came across this article while reading Living Well magazine and thought I would share some ‘surprising’ uses and benefits of olive oil.
If you’re only using your olive oil in the kitchen then you’re missing out!
Cholesterol – full of monounsaturated fatty acids that help raise HDL (good) cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Cancer/Heart Disease – a potent antioxidant that helps scavenge and wipe out health-destroying free radicals that can lead to cancer. Olive oil has been shown to protect the cells of the colon, prostate and uterine endometrium from cancerous changes.
Face/Body Skin – Olive oil cleanses the skin without stripping the natural oils. It contains linoleic acid which actually prevents water from evaporating, thereby keeping a layer of moisture on the skin. Putting a few caps in a warm bath helps lubricate body skin and using a few drops of it as a facial moisturizer helps keep faces wrinkle free and soft! Not just for women though – men can apply olive oil to their face before they razor shave to get a close, smooth shave that their face soft.
Hair – Rub a few drops into the ends of your hair before you shampoo, leave for about 20 minutes, and then wash it. Your hair will be left tangle free and shining!
Stomach Upsets – Take 1 tablespoon on an empty stomach to stimulate digestion.
Stay Regular – Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to hot water and drink.
Earaches – If you have gotten water in your ear, or feel you may have a buildup of wax, drop 1-2 drops of olive oil down into the ear canal. Lie for a few minutes on your opposite side and then turn over and allow the oil to run out of your ear. This works to dry up any water that’s there and liquefy ear wax so that it is easier to remove. *FIRST be sure that you do not have a punctured ear drum. DO NOT put anything in your ear if you have severe pain or blood. Go to the doctor immediately if this is the case.
Fingernails – Soak in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to keep your nails and the skin around them looking great!
Poison Ivy – rub on daily. Will decrease itchiness, stop the pussing and heal the wound.
In our modern complicated world, it’s comforting to know that there are age-old natural substances that we can rely on to keep us healthy and aid us in our simple activities of daily living. We don’t have to turn to chemically based, often toxic, cleaning agents or drugs when we can turn to a simple, wonder from Mother Nature like olive oil.