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We all know that olive oil is a healthy cooking oil, and is the preferred oil of choice for salad dressings, but olive oil’s health benefits go far beyond consumption. Olive oil has long been used in cosmetics, medicines, and for other non-dietary purposes.
Of course, quality matters. Not all olive oils are the same, or in fact, even olive oil. Because of loopholes in regulations, not every company accurately labels their oils. Many commercial brands of olive oil have been tested and found to be mixed with cheaper oils, including nut oils, which could be deadly to those with severe allergies.
All this to say, do your research. It is also beneficial to use extra virgin olive oil as opposed to other types, since extra virgin is less refined, making it purer and more effective at imparting its health benefits.
15 Ways to Get Maximum Olive Oil Benefits
Below is a list of fun ways you can incorporate olive oil into your holistic wellness routine.
1. Treating Acid Reflux
Olive oil is easy to digest and reduces the amount of acid in the stomach. This makes it an excellent home remedy for acid reflux and other symptoms of GERD. Of course, this is not a cure-all, and prolonged digestive issues should be talked about with your physician.
2. Oil Pulling
Oil Pulling is the act of swishing or “pulling” oil around in your mouth. This removes bacteria and functions much like mouthwash, without added chemical ingredients. Oil pulling can be done with sesame oil, coconut oil, or pretty much any minimally processed oil. Using olive oil can promote whiter teeth, increased energy, and healthier skin.
3. Olive Oil Soap
Olive oil is moisturizing and has antibacterial properties, making it a very effective soap base. Use this simple olive oil soap recipe as a starting point, and feel free to add any herbs or essential oils you want!
4. Relieve Constipation
Consuming a tablespoon of olive oil a day can help get things moving if you know what I mean. Think of it as lubrication for your digestive system!
5. Skin Exfoliation
Mix olive oil with sugar or salt for a soothing exfoliator. Sugar and salt scrubs are both abrasive enough to get rid of dead skin, but they have different effects on different skin types. If you have sensitive skin, sugar will likely be your best bet! Exfoliate before shaving to get the cleanest cut. Which brings us to…
With its moisturizing properties, olive oil makes a great alternative to shaving cream. The thick texture also keeps the razor off your skin, preventing razor burn. When you shave, your bloodstream becomes susceptible to the products you’re using, so using pure extra virgin olive oil instead of shaving cream will keep chemicals out of your system.
You can also add an essential oil to your olive oil. Juniper is an excellent choice because it improves blood circulation. Just make sure to thoroughly rinse your razor, as olive oil may cause more buildup than your current shaving cream!
7. Cuticle Oil
Are you prone to hangnails in the winter when the air gets dry? No need to pay for an expensive cuticle oil. Olive oil has the moisturizing properties and nutrients your cuticles need to stay healthy and soft.
Conditioner performs two functions. It moisturizes your hair and it traps the moisture and nutrients your hair needs so that it doesn’t dry out immediately and become brittle. Olive oil is great at both of these functions. There are lots of ways to use olive oil for hair care, including conditioner and moisturizing treatments.
9. Makeup Remover
Using olive oil as a makeup remover is a great way to get the moisturizing benefits while replacing unnecessary chemicals in your normal routine! Olive oil will strip away your makeup and leave behind smooth, silky skin!
10. Remove Ear Wax
Do you know what’s in commercial ear drops? All sorts of preservatives and stuff, but the main ingredient is oil! The natural properties of minimally processed oils allow it to work in around your ear wax and break it down.
The enzymes in garlic are also useful, so consider infusing olive oil with some garlic and using that as ear drops to break down that buildup.
11. Remove Lice
Not only is olive oil great for your hair, but it also asphyxiates lice. Soak a lice-infested head in olive oil, then leave covered with a bag or hair net for two hours. Then comb out all the dead lice and rinse well! Use olive oil conditioner in the following weeks just to keep the lice at bay.
12. Soothe a Scratchy Throat
If you’re getting that dry, scratchy throat that comes with winter time, fear not! Soothe your aching larynx with some smooth extra virgin olive oil. This will coat your throat and prevent the scratchiness.
13. Reduce Acne
It may sound crazy, but putting oil on your face can actually help unclog your pores and reduce acne! Of course, facial skin is sensitive and varies drastically by a person, so you’ll want to try it out on a small patch first to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction.
14. Remove Grease, Paint, and Other Heavy Contaminates From Hands
Since olive oil is thick and viscous, it’s great at breaking down heavy materials. So if you have spray paint on your hands from your Christmas crafts, or they have heavy grease on them, lather them up with some olive oil and soon enough your hands will be moisturized and contaminate free!
15. Cure Diaper Rash
Instead of alcohol-soaked baby wipes that dry out the skin, use olive oil to eliminate and prevent diaper rash. Since you’ve already got high-quality olive oil on hand, you’ll save money as well as keeping your child from painful discomfort.
Here are a few more natural remedies to give a try!
- DIY Garlic Oil For Ear Infections
- Natural Hair Mousse Recipe
- 29 Uses For Olive Oil That Has Nothing To Do With Cooking