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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Uses for Olive Oil

Olive oil is a versatile oil that can be used for much more than food. It can be used for body, nails, and hair. I have used it as a body moisturizer, but since I have rather oily hair I've shied away from using much oil on my hair.

Store oils in a dark tinted bottle to prevent oxidization, and store in a dark, cool place. (cool, but not in refrigerator). Olive oil is full of vitamin A & E and polyphenols. It is a rich source of minerals, anti-oxidants, and essential fatty acids.

  • soak nails in a dish of olive oil for 30 min. - massage into hands & cuticles

  • gently massage into face, then wipe off with a warm wash cloth put on damp skin after shower or bath

  • use as a make-up remover

  • use as a shaving oil; it provides excellent lubrication

  • mix with some sea salt for a body scrub

  • use as an all over body moisturiser

  • good for minimizing the appearance of stretch marks

  • use as a deep conditioning treatment for hair. rub into your hair & massage your scalp. Cover your head with a shower cap & wrap with a towel. Leave on for 30 to 60 min, then wash. (I read about this method, several years ago. I tried it one time and would not recommend it if you have a naturally oily scalp and unprocessed hair. Maybe it works for someone with dry or damaged hair. It left me with a greasy mess. Personally I prefer coconut oil or jojoba oil, as they seem to absorb better.)

1 comment:

  1. The use of olive oil dates back prior to 3500 BC, but here are four unique ways to use olive oil, in a way that our ancestors probably never thought of.
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