Olive Oil for Heath and Beauty

Posted by admin in Apr 27, 2012, under Alternative Health and Beauty

Olive oil is a featured ingredient in the Mediterranean diet, which has been touted as both a tasty and healthful way of eating. Although olive oil is high in fat, it contains “the good fat” – monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) –that contributes to a healthy body.

Some of the heath benefits of olive oil that medical science continues to study include:

  • Cancer-fighting properties
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Balancing of cholesterol
  • Reducing blood pressure
  • High anti-oxidant content
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Blocks the formation of blood clots

Olive oil has a multitude of uses: culinary, health, and beauty. Try a sip of olive oil to combat that pesky “tickling in the throat” sensation. A teaspoon of olive oil taken at bedtime lubricates the throat and may inhibit snoring. Treat an earache with a few drops of olive oil in the aching ear. Rub olive oil into the scalp as a natural combatant against head lice. A half-teaspoon-a-day of olive oil given to a cat will help fight hairballs. Olive oil protects baby’s bottom from diaper rash.

Olive oil should be a part of everyone’s beauty regimen. Mix together a teaspoon of olive oil with a teaspoon of sugar; the resulting paste is a good scrub to remove dead facial skin cells.  Olive oil removes make-up and makes a great pre-shaving lubricant that softens the skin as you shave. Add a splash of olive oil to your bath for soft skin, or rub the oil on rough elbows and heels. Heat up two tablespoons of olive oil for a minute or so in the microwave and apply to hair; let sit 20 minutes and then shampoo as usual.

Store olive oil in a cool, dark place, and look for olive oil that comes in dark bottles as light will break down the oil and cause it to go rancid. Use extra virgin olive oil to replace butter or margarine (unhealthy saturated and polyunsaturated fats); your body will thank you for it!

For more information, try these books on the curative powers and other uses of olive oil:

The Healing Powers of Olive Oil

The Passionate Olive: 101 Things to do with Olive Oil

Olive Oil Desserts: Delicious and Healthy Heart Smart Baking

From the Olive Grove: Mediterranean Cooking with Olive Oil

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