For centuries, a gift of olive oil has always been a welcome treasure. Legend has it that the olive tree was a gift from the goddess Athena to humanity. It was referred as “liquid gold” by ancient people. Olive tree is an ancient tree that originates from the Mediterranean region. They provide an exceptional antioxidant elements, removing harmful compounds from the body. Oxidants are essential in for the cure of many diseases and conditions.
Uses Of Olive Oil For Skin Care and Hair Care
1. Moisturize Skin
Olive is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants that protects the skin from various external factors like the harsh environment. The light weight texture and non-sticky nature helps it work as an amazing moisturizer. It stays for long and suits all skin types. Massage the oil onto your face for about 15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.
2. Night Mask
To let the oil soak deep in the skin and apply the oil to your face before going to bed, and leave it overnight. Wash it off with lukewarm water in the morning.
Olive oil fights pimples and blackheads. It never clogs pores or cause pimples. So it is safe to use for sensitive skin too. Olive oil penetrates the skin, leaving skin silky smooth and helps reducing pimples.
Aging causes skin to sag and develop wrinkles. The ancient Egyptians used olive oil to make creams and perfumes. It is believed that the first anti-wrinkle cream was invented by Cleopatra, a remarkable Egyptian beauty. Massage your face with a few drops of olive oil and brown sugar. This helps in scrubbing off the dead cells and also imparts softness in skin.
5. Rejuvenating mask
Avocado is rich in healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that can improve skin. Add mashed avocado with olive oil into a paste. Apply this paste as a face mask and allow it to sit for 15 minutes and then rinse. It helps in rejuvenating and moisturizing the skin well.
6. Lighten Under Eye Circles and Removes Wrinkles
For dark under eye circles and wrinkles around eyes, use olive oil and massage in circular motions for 15 minutes before going to bed. Repeat this process for a month for best results.
7. Makeup Remover
Dampen a cotton pad with olive oil and use it to remove makeup. In addition to removing makeup, the oil is gentle on the skin and also helps in keeping the skin soft and moisturized.
8. Hair Growth
Olive oil work wonders to keep hair healthy. It is rich in vitamin E that helps fight hair loss. The egg yolk is rich in protein. Biotin is present in egg yolk, a primary ingredient in hair growth. Beat up egg yolk and the oil together and apply it on the scalps of hair. Leave the mask for 20 minutes and wash it off with warm water. This masks help in hair growth.
9. Shine Treatment
Take a cup of olive oil and apply it on hair generously, especially on the scalp and the ends. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. This oil helps in giving a distinct shine and strength to your hair.
10. Scalp Infections
Olive oil moisturizes your hair and reduces scalp irritation.It helps in reducing dandruff and lice. A good warm hot oil massage of olive oil helps in reducing inflammations and itchiness of scalp.
11. Conditions Damaged hair
Warm the oil to a comfortable temperature and work it through hair lengths to the roots. Wrap hair with a towel which is soaked in warm water. Warm water helps in opening up the scalp helps the olive oil penetrate through. Allow the oil to sit on your hair for 30 minutes and wash it with a mild shampoo.
12. Prevent gray hair
Olive oil contains a lot of pigments. So, use of olive oil on hair darkens the hair color and also helps in preventing premature graying of hair and helps de-tangling easier.
13. Tame Frizzy Hair
Frizzy hair is a frustrating problem. It often gets tangled and makes it difficult to manage often. Spray olive oil on frizzy hair before combing to save the damage.
14. Treat Sun burns
Olive oil soothes the pain of mild sunburn. It helps skin retain its
moisture. Use olive oil and water and shake well to apply on the mild sunburn.
Olive oil contains vitamin E. It protects skin health by treating inflammations, and prevents from serious diseases like psoriasis and skin cancer.
16. Cracked Heels
Olive oil generously adds moisture and smoothness to cracked heels. Wet your feet in hot lemon water for 10 minutes to open up the pores and then massage it with the oil. Put on socks to lock the moisture and leave it overnight.
17. Eyebrow Growth
Olive oil has amazing hair growing properties. But since they are safe to use around eyes, they can be used as for eyebrow growth. Apply the oil on eyebrows every night for a week to make eyebrows grow fast. Additionally helps to makes eye lashes look dark and healthy.
18. Nail Growth
Dull, lifeless, brittle nails can be easily fixed with the help of olive oil. The vitamin E in this oil can help improve the appearance of nails affected. Use it on the nail as a cuticle oil everyday to make nails grow faster and stronger.
19. Lip Moisturizer
For dry and chapped lips, this oil helps in imparting moisture. Mix the oil with equal parts of beeswax as a lip moisturizer together and store it. This serves as an excellent lip moisturizer. Use it regularly and massage in. Regularly use of it for a few days results in baby soft lips.
20. Carrier Oil
Since essential oils usually cannot be used full strength on the skin as it may cause harsh effects on skin. They require to dilute with the use of a carrier oil. This oil is an excellent carrier oil for most essential oils.
21. Reduce Cellulite
Mix coffee grounds with this oil for a cellulite treatment. Heat the oil until it becomes warm and add coffee grounds. Apply it directly to the skin and massage it on the affected area. Do it once a week for visible results.