Olive oil refers to the oil obtained from the fruits of the olive tree. Individuals have been consuming and using olive oil for many thousands of years, and now it is more popular than ever due to it’s many proven health benefits, beauty uses and culinary help.
After olives are picked and washed, they’re crushed, sometimes between big stones but now more commonly by steel blades. The resulting paste is stirred to release the oil droplets in a process known as maceration. After maceration, the paste is spun in a large centrifuge to pull out the oil and water. After the water is then removed, we are left with the desired olive oil. Although, only about 30% of all olive oil production ends at extracting the oil from the olives. Refining involves using solvents and high heat to neutralize the tastes of the oil. This allows creators to use poor quality olives, or less than perfect olives, and blend oils from a wide variety of sources as the bad tastes are chemically removed. When you see “Pure Olive Oil” or just simply “Olive Oil” at the store on a bottle, these oils are refined.
Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat, chosen to be used by many due to it’s various health benefits. Extra virgin olive oils offer even more, elevating the tastes of dishes to different levels. Studies of the health benefits of olive oil consumption fill the pages of medical journals around the globe.
The very best olive oils around the globe compete in competitions judged by a panel of expert olive oil tasters. The largest and most prestigious in the New York International Olive Oil Competition, which takes place in April each year. The winners are listed on the official results website. This website can be found here.
You can keep unopened olive oil in a cool, dark place for up to 2 years. Once you open the bottle or container, the oil begins to degrade much faster. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to use within a few months of opening for the best taste. Keep the opened bottle tightly capped, away from heat and away from direct sunlight. The best strategy is to use the oil whenever possible or necessary to use an oil to get through it quicker.
So, if olive oil is such a magical culinary device… What can it do for us beauty-wise? As olive oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids it is great for both our skin and hair! As a common powerful ingredient in anti-ageing skin care products, olive oil is rich in antioxidants, improves the appearance of wrinkles and lines while rejuvenating and protecting the skin in a variety of ways. So here are our 11 amazing beauty uses from using olive oil.
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Our 11 Amazing Olive Oil Beauty Uses Listed:
An olive oil bath
To prepare the olive oil bath, just add 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into your warm water in the bathtub and mix with your hand. If you want to add more you can, it’s as simple as that! This easy beauty secret can result in smooth, supple and soft skin for the user.
Another variation of the olive oil bath is to massage the oil into your skin, all over, before hopping into the tub. After you finish taking your bath, pat your skin dry and wipe away any excess oil.
Combine coarse sugar with a small amount of olive oil (around one teaspoon) for a quick chapped lip-fix. You can also add a splash of lemon juice for added flavour and acidic exfoliating properties. You can expand the recipe any which way you like, including ingredients such as: aloe vera, peppermint oil, jojoba oil, freshly squeezed orange juice, honey, almond oil or coconut oil.
Pre-shampoo hair treatment
Olive oil has been used as a hair treatment since Egyptian times. First off, warm the olive oil in the microwave or in hot water, then apply generously to the ends of the hair and the scalp. Leave in for up to 10 to 20 minutes, and then using a gentle shampoo rinse out in warm water.
Bathing your nails in warm olive oil (lukewarm, not hot) is an excellent way to give them more life. Leave your nails in the soak for around 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse off.
Run out of your normal shaving creams? Slathering your legs in olive oil before beginning can help to reduce the risk of razor burn and bumps. This natural lubricant will leave your skin feeling soft, moisturized and replenished simply by using as a makeshift ‘shaving cream’.
You can whip up this DIY recipe using the antibacterial olive oil along with lavender, calendula and tea tree oil, warding off germs and scars.
Cracked heel repair
Split and rough heels need a good moisturizer to heal. After exfoliating with a pumice stone, apply olive oil to the cracked areas. Put on socks to lock in the treatment as you sleep.
Make-up brush cleaner
Cleaning your makeup brushes is something that should be done regularly to ensure you are not using dirty tools. Using dirty tools clogs your pores, irritates the skin, promotes pink eye, attracts bugs and risk the development of more wrinkles. Use a DIY cleaner consisting of two parts antibacterial soap and one part olive oil to replenish and clean your makeup application tools.
The best and most widespread use for olive oil (other than for consuming) is an intense moisturizer working as a great all-over treatment for dry and peeling skin. Since it is a natural product, it’s the ideal pick for eczema and other skin conditions.
Eye makeup remover
If you have reservations about slathering olive oil on your face would actually be counter-productive, clogging pores and causing the face to become greasy. However, the oil actually grabs onto other oil-based products -making it a great pre-cleansing step to remove stubborn eye makeup nourishing the skin in the process.
Homemade face masks
Olive oil can be used in many face masks intended to soften your face, cure dry skin, aid in the fading of wrinkles, exfoliation and protects against ultraviolet light and free radical damage.
Here are some homemade face mask recipes using olive oil:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Baking soda
Add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil into a bowl and combine with a one-half teaspoon of honey, then add one teaspoon of baking soda too. Mix the ingredients into a thin paste, if you would prefer a thicker paste add more baking soda to the mix. Apply this mixture to a clean damp face, avoiding the eye and mouth area and rubbing onto the skin like a scrub. Leave the mix on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse the mask off with warm water, leaving your face softened and brightened.
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of whole milk
- 1 tablespoon of natural unbleached flour
- ½ teaspoon of olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Crack the egg into the bowl and beat. Eggs are brilliant for individuals with large pores or wrinkles as the yolks are made from albumin which gently dries the skin, tightening pores and wrinkles. Egg whites help to soothe sun or windburned skin, while gently removing oily residue.
Add the flour to the beaten egg to thicken the consistency of the mixture, and then the olive oil to combat the drying effects of the egg.
Unlike petroleum jelly, heavy lotions and other oils, olive oil will rinse cleanly away from the skin leaving no greasy residue.
Stir in the sea salt, which will stimulate blood circulation and assist in cell regeneration while exfoliating removing dead skin cells.
Mix in the whole milk. The lactic acid from the milk should soothe and soften dry skin, tighten wrinkles and refine pores.
Wash your face before applying with warm water and pat dry. Applying the olive oil face mask, and massage gently to exfoliate the skin. Allow the mask to set for at least 20 minutes, ideally 40, before rinsing off with warm water. Splash the face with cold water after rinsing and making sure all remnants of the mask are gone, to close your pores.
Note: This recipe makes 2 ounces, which is enough for one whole face application.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Lavender oil
- Mint essential oil
Combine two drops of extra virgin olive oil, 1 drop of lavender oil and 1 drop of mint essential oil. Apply this mixture to areas of concern, such as dry skin, blackheads, spots and blemishes. This ‘facemask’ acts as more of a moisturizing spot treatment for affected areas. Leave this on overnight and rinse off in the morning for optimum results.
Health benefits of olive oil:
Olive oil reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes: Traditionally a low-fat diet has been prescribed to those at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease. While studies have shown that high fats may increase the risk of diseases such as cancer and diabetes, it appears that it is more to do with the type of fat that counts rather than the overall amount. We know that a diet rich in monounsaturated fats such as the ones found in olive oil, nuts and seeds actually protect the consumer from many of these chronic illnesses. A study published in the scientific journal Diabetes Care showed that a Mediterranean style diet rich in olive oil, reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost 50% in comparison to a low-fat diet. Type 2 diabetes is the most common, but also the most preventable form of the disease.
Olive oil may be able to prevent strokes: Older people who eat olive oil daily may be able to protect themselves from suffering a stroke, according to a new study from France published in the online issue of Neurology.
Researchers gathered information from the medical records of 7,625 individuals over the age of 65 from three cities in France (Bordeaux, Dijon and Montpellier). None of the participants had a history of strokes. They then categorised the participants in three groups, determined by their olive oil consumption. Extra virgin olive oil was the most common oil used by the individuals, which happens to be the oil which is most widely available in France.
After 5 years, there were 148 strokes. The results showed that the “intensive” users of olive oil, those that used for both cooking and dressings, had a 41% lower risk of a stroke compared to those who did not use the oil at all. There results were noted even after considering diet, physical activity, weight and other relevant risk factors.
Olive oil keeps the heart young: A diet rich in olive oil may be able to eventually slow down the ageing of the heart. It is known that as we grow older the heart also goes through a natural and normal ageing process. The arteries may not function as well as they once did, leading to a number of health problems. In a recent study, Spanish researchers discovered that a diet rich in olive oil (or other monounsaturated fats) could improve arterial function of elderly individuals.
Olive oil in the fight against osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by a decrease in bone mass, which in turn causes the architecture of bone tissue to become weak and fragile. This can increase the likelihood of fractures, making even the smallest of knocks potentially fatal for the sufferers. Olive oil supplementation was found to positively affect the thickness of bones, and although may not be enough on it’s own to treat the disease olive oil has been marked by scientists as a very promising future aid.
Olive oil may protect from or help depression: According to Spanish researchers from the University of Navarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a diet rich in olive oil can lower the risk of depression. Findings suggest that a diet which promotes cardiovascular diseases may also promote the onset of depression too, as they may share some common mechanisms related to one’s diet.
Olive oil helped to prevent skin cancer: The most dangerous forms of skin cancers may be slowed down by the consumption of olive oil, which is rich in antioxidants for the consumer.
Olive oil can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease: Numerous studies have concluded that the oleocanthal in extra virgin olive oil has the potential to diminish the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive illnesses that come with the ageing process. Olive oil’s polyphenols are powerful antioxidants which may help reverse oxidative damage to the body.
It’s good for your sex life: Olive oil boosts circulation to all areas of the body, including those hard to reach erogenous zones. Meaning it should aid in any erectile dysfunction issues too!
Extra virgin olive oil can be used as a pain relief: Containing a substance called oleocanthal, which has anti-inflammatory agents, meaning olive oil could be described as a natural Ibuprofen.
As a pregnancy aid:
Not only can olive oil application assist in avoiding those unwanted stretch marks during pregnancy, consuming extra virgin olive oil while pregnant may improve your unborn child’s psychomotor reflexes and more!
Even make you live longer!: Seeing as olive oil aids and assists in the prevention of various diseases and reduce the impact of many others, it’s a safe claim to make that it may even help you live longer. Pretty great for something that tastes brilliant too!
Olive oil has various health benefits for the consumer, aiding in maintaining a healthy heart, memory and emotional health to name just a few benefits. While olive oil is a brilliant thing to consume, it also has many beauty uses for a skin, hair and body health conscious individual. Helping to create shiny, silky hair, strong healthy nails and beautiful complexions in the skin olive oil is a must have!
Using this oil can be an easy and cheap alternative to many high-end priced beauty products, at only a fraction of the price and available at most food stores. Olive oil is a great beauty tool providing brilliant results for the individual, meaning spending a fortune on beauty products is no longer necessary!
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