5 Alternative Uses of Olive Oil
Olive oil has been used for thousands of years for everything from wound healing to lamp fuel. We all know it is fantastic to eat but it’s also fabulous for your skin. If you have dry skin, even on your face, massaging a little top grade olive oil into your skin regularly will soften and smooth it. This even works if you suffer from a dry scalp and will condition your hair at the same time without leaving it greasy (unless you accidentally tip half the bottle over your head!). As pure olive oil is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, it is often recommended to treat baby’s cradle cap. It’s entirely natural and biodegradable and yet people will be asking what expensive facial cream you’ve started using!
A little olive oil can be used as a facial cleanser, removing even stubborn waterproof mascara. Due to its cleansing and moisturising properties, it is often used to make high quality soaps that clean without drying the skin.
Extra virgin olive oil is often used as a carrier oil in aromatherapy, to complement essential oils. It is a brilliant lubricant so is often used as a shaving oil with many people claiming it equals or outperforms many expensive cosmetic brands.
A little high quality olive oil allowed to soak in each ear for a few minutes at a time will soften ear wax and stop it building up to problematic levels. Lay on your side and pour a little oil in the ear. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes, then sit back up, using a tissue to collect the oil which runs out. It will gently soften the wax over a week or two without the need for any artificial products.
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