8 Additional Things To Do With Olive Oil ( Besides Cooking )
Olive oil is an absolute gem to have in the kitchen. Not only is it a popular additive to many Mediterranean dishes, but it is also great for your health! Olive oil is known to be heart healthy and aids to reduce bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol which helps those who suffer from high blood pressure. The risk of developing heart disease can also be reduced by adding as little as 2 tablespoons of olive oil to your diet daily. Combine that with its ability to aid with blood sugar levels, and its anti-carcinogenic traits, and there's no wonder why olive oil's presence is becoming increasingly popular.
Not only is olive oil great for your health, but it is also great for your skin, hair, and even furniture around your house! It is truly a miraculous product, so read on if you wish to know a few additional benefits of introducing olive oil into your life besides through just cooking.
Olive Oil As An Exfoliant
Combining olive oil with sugar ( whether it is white or brown ) is an excellent skin exfoliant. Sugar exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells and olive oil works as a natural moisturiser. This beauty regime is known as a Sugar Scrub and it is quite popular.
Depending on where you find them, commercially sold Sugar Scrubs can be very expensive. Some of them can be as much as $20 - $30! Not only will making a home made Sugar Scrub save you a few dollars, but it will also protect you from harsh chemicals that may be lurking in some. These scrubs are popular amongst those who prefer natural beauty regimes as well as cautious pregnant women.
Sugar Scrub Recipe
For a Sugar Scrub, you will need three ingredients:
- Sugar ( brown or white )
- Olive Oil
- Essential Oils ( optional )
Mix one cup of sugar to 1/2 cup of olive oil. Add a few drops of your essential oil ( Lavender, Peppermint, Spearmint for example ) for fragrance if you wish to. Mix ingredients until all are well blended. Gently rub onto your skin in a circular motion ( including your face! ) and rinse for a natural and smooth feeling. Store in an airtight container and use once a week. Discard if the scrub comes in contact with water or after two months.
I was unconvinced about this procedure at first because I thought the oil would block my pores but it was the best thing I have done for my skin in a long time. My skin felt smooth and I have yet to break out so this is definitely a recipe to try.
Olive Oil As A Hair Treatment
One beauty regime that I absolutely swear by is the Hot Oil Treatment. This treatment is great for those of us who have used too many chemicals or too many heated styling products thus resulting in dry, damaged, brittle hair. Hot oil treatments revive your hair and leave it looking silky, smooth, and best of all healthy. So, instead of popping down to the salon and investing in what may be a pricey trip, head into your kitchen for a quick, easy, and very effective treatment.
How To Do A Hot Oil Treatment
Hot oil treatments require one main ingredient, oil. Olive oil is great for this hair reviver as it helps to moisturise the scalp and strengthen your hair. All that you need to do is warm up olive oil in a microwavable bowl ( 30 seconds or until the oil is warm, not extremely hot ) and apply it to your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it on for 30 minutes to an hour. Alternatively, you can sit under a hair dryer for 30 minutes. After you are done, shampoo and condition your hair as normal and enjoy your results. This treatment has saved my chemically damaged hair!
For more information about hot oil treatments, their results, and a thorough explanation of how to do it, please click here.
Olive Oil As A Make Up Remover
Did you know that olive oil makes an excellent make up remover? Olive oil applied to the face works great as both a moisturiser and natural way to quickly erase a days worth of make up. Using olive oil instead of make up removal wipes will leave your skin feeling extremely hydrated. Your eyelashes and eyebrows will also benefit from this as the oil will leave them looking smoother and fuller.
This method does not require a tutorial. All that you need to do is dip your olive oil of choice onto a cotton bud and gently wipe your face.
Olive Oil For Sunburn Relief
Summer will be here before we know it, and that means a lot of people heading to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. While basking in the sun all day sounds like a perfect idea, some of us forget one important ingredient, sunscreen! The end result is a painful, red, burn on the skin that you silently curse yourself for getting in the first place.
However, there is relief in the form of our good friend, olive oil. Since it is packed with Vitamin E, it is will help your skin to repair itself naturally. All that you need to do is coat your burn with olive oil and let it sit for about 3 hours. Rinse your skin with cool water and repeat daily. This will prevent blistering and peeling of your skin and help to keep it hydrated. Next time, remember your sunscreen!
Olive Oil For Cellulite Reduction
Cellulite affects many women of different ages, sizes, and ethnicities. There are many different treatments that claim to decrease cellulite but did you know that the ingredients to one of the most popular treatments lies within your favourite morning drink?
That's right. Warm coffee grounds mixed with olive oil is a hailed treatment that is said to yield results if applied continuously. The caffeine in coffee is said to stimulate blood vessels which will aid in reducing cellulite, help to ward it off in the first place, and also help with the elimination of varicose veins!
How To Make A Coffee Scrub
After boiling your morning cup of coffee, place your used coffee grounds into a bowl and combine with olive oil. Mix them both together and head into your shower or stand over a large towel. Gently rub the scrub onto your skin in a circular motion and leave it to sit for at least fifteen minutes. You can wrap your skin with Saran Wrap if you wish. Afterwards, rinse the scrub off and repeat 2-3 times weekly.
Coffee grounds exfoliate and stimulate. Olive oil helps to bind the grounds together resulting in a smooth application and also works as a moisturiser.
Olive Oil As A Paint Remover
This one is for those of you who are in a D.I.Y. mood and painting rooms in your house or for anyone with young children and an arts and crafts kit that carries paint. Nothing is more annoying than staining your skin with paint, Luckily for you, trusty olive oil can come to your rescue with this nightmare!
Mixing olive oil with Kosher salt or sea salt makes an excellent paint remover. Apply olive oil and salt onto your hands or the affected skin area and rub for about five minutes. You may need to repeat this process until all of the paint is off, especially if it has had time to dry. The paint should either peel off easily or rinse off thanks to the oil and salt helping to lift the paint off of your skin.
This method also works with hair dye!
Olive Oil As A Foot Wrap
Dry and cracked feet are a pain, and with the spring and summer months right around the corner, you're going to want to heal and soothe your feet so that they will be ready for those new sandals or pedicure that you can't wait to show off. While the first thing that you may have thought to do would be to rush to the nearest stores for miracle foot creams, did you ever think to try an olive oil foot wrap?
How To Make An Olive Oil Foot Wrap
All you will need is a medium to large bowl, socks, plastic wrap ( like saran wrap ), a spoon or whisk, unscented lotion and olive oil. Whisk 1/4 cup of olive oil to 1/4 cup of your lotion and warm it up for about 30 seconds ( you do not want it too hot ). Prepare your pieces of plastic wrap to go on your feet while you are waiting. Rub the mixture onto your feet, focusing on problem areas such as heels and any other places where cracking or peeling may be occurring. Wrap your feet in the plastic wrap ( not too tightly ) and then put on your socks to lock in the moisture. Let this sit on your feet for an hour or, you can wear it overnight for even better results. Remove your socks and the plastic wrap, dry, and admire your smooth, silky feet!
Olive Oil As A Wood Polisher
Furniture polishes are full of harsh chemicals that can irritate the respiratory system and sometimes cause nausea and dizziness. As much as you want to polish off your new furniture, you may be wary about doing so due to the smells that the aerosols or liquids can emit. Well, this is where olive oil comes to your aid. This D.I.Y. polisher is a good alternative for people who are sensitive to the smells from chemical polishers, parents with young children, or those who just want to get away from the chemical overload.
All that you need is olive oil, lemon juice, and an unused spray bottle. Mix your ingredients together, shake well, spray onto furniture, and wipe with a clean cloth. Not only will your furniture shine, but it will also have a divine scent of lemon juice and no harsh chemicals.