Health Benefits And Uses For Olive Oil

In many households, including mine olive oil is considered a food staple. But did you know that this oil contains health benefits as well as uses from personal care, green cleaning, home improvement as well as others.
Important: Do not store olive oil in direct heat or light. Storing the product this way can damage to the oil by creating oxidation, resulting in the change of beneficial chemical compounds. It is best to store it either in a room temperature cupboard or refrigerator to keep it cool. 

Health Benefits

Improve memory loss
Reduce bad cholesterol levels
Protect your red blood cells and therefore your heart
Lower blood pressure
Promotes healthy skin
Help fight breast cancer

While there are many ways to use olive oil, I have only included a list of what I have personally tried and know truly works. As I try more uses I will update as I go.

Personal Uses From Head to Toe

Hair - comb a little through dry or frizzy hair for to help ease and moisturize. Perfect in winter or on humid days.

Lips - Apply a little to dry lips before going outside in winter. 

Skin - Apply it directly to act as a moisturizer to fight dryness. 

- Add two or three tablespoons to a warm bath to give your skin a good healthy soak. Add some essential oil for an added scent. 

- An alternative to shaving cream

Nails - Moisturize cuticles by applying a small amount to the nail beds.

Feet - For dry and cracked skin rub olive oil over feet and then cover them up with socks and leave on overnight. 

Green Cleaning 

Furniture polish - Combine 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup lemon juice in a bottle. Share bottle prior to each use to recombine the ingredients. Wipes away dust effectively and leaves a nice shine behind.

Improvements Around the Home

Lubricant - Works as an alternative to WD-40. For instance it is just as effective at fixing a squeaky door as WD-40.
- Lubricate measuring spoons and cups when using sticky substances such as honey and sugar syrup. 
- Free a stuck zipper. Use a Q-tip or cotton swab and apply oil to the top of the zipper. Then ease the tab down gently.
- Rub a thin coat on the base of the holder prior to inserting a candle. Dripped wax should peel away easily. 

Shoe polish - Rub in and leave for 30 minutes. Then wipe off any excess.

Thank you for reading!