Olive oil benefits
Using olive oil on the skin is an ancient beauty secret which was discovered thousands of years ago. Once called "liquid gold" by Homer, it was a commonly used skin care product.
Women, in Ancient Greece, applied olive oil to their skin and hair after bathing as a protection from the harsh climate and to maintain a pleasant aroma.
In Ancient Rome, pregnant women used olive oil to prevent stretch marks.
Olive oil was also used by ancient Greek doctors, Hippocrates the father of medicine, referred to olive oil as "the great therapeutic’ and identified 60 different conditions which could be treated with it. He used olive oil based ointments for all kinds of ailments including scratches, wounds, skin conditions, burns, ear infections and many others.
An aspect of this diet includes the intake of a variety of foods including olive oil, fruit and vegetables, dairy foods and fish.
Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, a decreased risk of numerous types of cancers and a decreased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. For this reason, adults are encouraged to adopt a style of eating like that of the Mediterranean diet for
the prevention of major chronic diseases.
1. Olive oil reduces the risk on cardiovascular disease
In Mediterranean countries where large quantities of olive oil is consumed there is a low incidence of cardiovascular disease. Studies suggest that olive oil helps prevent and treat heart disease and that olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling cholesterol levels.
2. Olive oil helps prevent ulcers and gastritis
Olive oil contains many nutrients like vitamins A, E, D and K and has been shown to have beneficial effects on virtually every aspect of the body's development, function and maintenance, including brain development, bone structure, digestion, the ageing process, the condition of skin and hair, metabolism and on plaque formation in the blood vessels.
3. Olive oil benefits the heart by reducing blood pressure
Studies suggest that olive oil helps prevent and treat heart disease, as it offers protection by controlling the levels of cholesterol. Olive oil has as a very high a percentage of mono-unsaturated fat however extra virgin olive oil has higher levels of anti-oxidants.
Whilst all types of olive oil are sources of mono-unsaturated fat, extra virgin olive oil (and especially the better quality ones) contains higher levels of anti-oxidants, as it is less processed.
4.Olive oil benefits by reducing the risk of Cancer
Studies show that olive oil
may play an important part in reducing the rates or risk of some
types of cancers particularly colon, breast, ovarian and prostate
cancers. In areas of Greece where people consume only olive oil,
the cases of breast cancer is one third of the cases in the United
5. Arthritis & Asthma
The severity of arthritis and asthma is said to be reduced by
the consumption of olive oil which has a natural anti-inflammatory.
A diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil
and fats which include omegas 3 & 6 appears to be highly
6. Olive oil eases or prevents diabetes
The type of fat we eat is more important than our total fat
consumption. It is strongly
7. Olive Oil beauty recipes for your skin & hair
Olive oil can help you achieve a smooth complexion as it helps the skin retain elasticity thus avoiding tightness and the formation of wrinkles. The natural olive oil benefits take a bit longer to be absorbed into the skin than most lightweight commercially produced skin care products.
However the advantages can be longer lasting too. When used on your hair and scalp, olive oil can be both a deep conditioner and dandruff controller. Your scalp will benefit from healthy conditioning and your hair will respond with more shine and strength.
Bath: add 1/4 cup olive oil to warm bath water. You might like to add an essential oil, such as lavender.
Face & body scrub: Rub olive oil on your face or body then scrub with sugar. Rinse well. This is a perfect scrub!
Ultra moisturizing body oil: This body oil
provides hydration, free radical protection and skin regenerating
Pour all of the ingredients into a bottle and shake well until
they are well combined.
Exfoliator: For dry and scaly skin mix some
olive oil and sea salt together, massage into the affected area to
slough off dead skin and enrich the layer beneath.
Dry, frizzy, fly away hair: comb a few drops of
olive oil through your hair.
Home made oil treatment: use several tablespoons of warm (not hot) olive oil and apply to your scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap (or plastic bag) and wait for 20 minutes.
Head lice: Simply apply some olive oil to the hair and leave for 40 minutes. Shampoo the hair twice.
Olive oil with honey moisturizing mask: This
Olive oil moisturizer for your face will hydrate and heal, leaving
you with a radiant glow.
Combine the honey and olive oil in a small clean
Eye make up Remover: Place one or two drops of extra virgin olive oil on a cotton pad and gently remove eye make up without irritating the delicate skin around the eye area. When used regularly, olive oil can soften the skin around the eyes and smooth out wrinkles.
Disclosure: The information contained in this site is not intended to offer medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.