Everybody Loves Olive

Olive-oyl-pictures-61Everyone remembers Popeye’s “goil” Olive Oyl – but did you realize how beneficial her homonym can be for you?

Olive Oil has been touted as a beneficial addition to a healthful diet for many years now, but in addition to its uses for cooking, there are many other reasons to incorporate this gem into your daily life.

Here are just a few gems found on the internet:

Healthy Skin: People have used olive oil for centuries for personal care. It is a great skin moisturizer, in part because it contains linoleic acid, a compound not made by the body, but which prevents water from evaporating. According to Leslie Baumann, M.D., author of The Skin Type Solution, consuming olives and olive oil can promote healthy skin, as can applying it directly as a moisturizer. You can also add a bit of olive oil to a warm bath for a good healthy soak. Olive oil also contains at least four different antioxidants, which can help “neutralize damaging free radicals that can lead to skin aging and skin cancer.”   Men can even use it to help get a closer shave.

Tame Damaged Hair: Comb a bit of the stuff through dry or frizzy hair to help tame and moisturize your locks, especially in winter or on humid days. Olive oil can also provide some relief for damaged hair. For a deep treatment, massage into hair and cover with a shower cap or towel.  Wait about 30 minutes and wash and rinse as usual for softer, sleeker hair.

Eases Snoring: According to AltUse, taking a spoonful of olive oil before you sleep will help lubricate your throat muscles and helps tame the snoring.

Fingernail Health:  Use a bit of olive oil to moisturize cuticles, or mix oil and water and soak your hands before a manicure.

Homemade Lip Balm: Mix olive oil and melted beeswax in a 1:1 ratio, with an essential oil for fragrance, and say goodbye to dry and chapped lips.

Who knew?

 

 

 

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