Olive oil comes in many grades and colors, yet no matter which you choose you have a fabulously versatile home, beauty & wellness tool… as well as deliciousness for cooking!
Olive Oil Goodness
1. For your diet
Extra virgin olive oil – and most olive oils in fact, are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids that promote the good cholesterol and keep the bad cholesterol at bay. That said, do not heat up extra virgin olive oil; more refined olive oils are fine for cooking, but the darker green, more olive-esque oils are meant to be eaten unheated.
2. For your healthy heart
The FDA even recommends (I say even because, lets face it, they are way behind the times) drinking 2 tablespoons of olive oil a day. In lieu of “drinking” it, try two tablespoons on a salad, on your bread if you eat it.
3. For Oil-Pulling
The oil-swishing in your mouth for 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning to improve your gum health as well as detoxify your body. This oil pulling lends itself to oils like olive oil, and the olive oil is easy on your palette.
4. For a fabulous body scrub
My favorite scrub is brown sugar mixed with enough olive oil and honey in roughly even parts to make a great scrub consistency. You can also mix even parts sea salt and olive oil to make a quick scrub if sweet is not your thing!
5. For your silkening bath
A splash of olive oil in your bath is an ultimate moisture soak. As with using an oil in the tub (or in a scrub in your shower) remember to clean the tub well afterward so that it doesn’t become a major hazard next time you step in!
6. For your skin
Olive oil right after a shower or bath on damp skin is a luxurious treatment that is easily absorbed into your skin and is very therapeutic in the process.
7. For your smooth shave
On that note, you can use olive oil in place of shave gel, just don’t pile it on or your razor will not take kindly to this oil infusion!
8. For deep cleaning your face
I have done this from time to time when I really need to clear out my pores, and its genius! Basically, massage your skin with a few teaspoons of olive oil for 30 seconds or so, then run a washcloth in hot water (but not burning, scalding hot!), wring it out and place it over your face to “steam” your pores. Repeat the wet towel/wring and steam a few times and then just blot your face and let dry at the end. You can rinse if you’d like, but the oil and steam pretty well cleans out your skin. I don’t do this more than once a week, sometimes twice a month or so!
9. For hair shine & frizz taming
To treat frizzy hair, rub the slightest bit of olive oil between your palms and smooth onto your hair to create a polished finish. Tread lightly here- there us a fine line between shining tresses and greasy messes!
10. For a great hair masque
That said, I love honey for hair treatments as well as olive oil. Equal parts honey and olive oil, a few teaspoons a piece, creates a great hair masque for damp hair. I like to rinse this out and follow with a rinse of one part apple cider vinegar to about 10 parts water. Divine!
11. For makeup remover that kicks butt
Olive oil on a cotton ball or pad= makeup remover brilliance, especially mascara!
12. For your manicure
Rub a few drops of olive oil on your cuticles to keep them smooth and moist!
13. For squeaky drawers, doors and bikes
All those reasons you reach for WD-40 to oil household squeaks can be replaced with all the reasons to reach for olive oil to do the same!
14. For your shoes & leather to shine
While I always patch test leather before putting anything on it (you never know how it will react!) I have had great success with olive oil to shine especially my vintage shoes!
15.For polishing your silverware
This is a big trick for me, because if you let silverware air dry, it becomes a spotty mess. A small bit of olive oil on a cloth and you can shine that silverware to perfection!