You probably know olive oil is one of the healthiest oils in the world. It’s great for your heart, brain, and your waistline. But there’s a lot more to this Mediterranean-favorite than just adding healthy fats to your food. This all-rounder oil has been used for years to fix non-diet related issues as well. Here’s how you can step up your olive oil game.
1. It Removes Your Makeup
You don’t have to spend a truckload of cash to buy a makeup remover. Switch to extra virgin olive oil instead! It’s natural, sans side effects, and won’t burn a hole in your pocket. It’s also packed with anti-aging and nourishing compounds. Dab a cotton ball into olive oil and spread it over your eyes and face. Rinse with warm water and do a final cleanse using a mild face wash. You could also clean your makeup brushes by dipping it in 2 parts of antibacterial soap and 1 part olive oil.
2. It Moisturizes Your Skin
Dry skin? Sensitive skin? Turn to olive oil! Packed with antioxidants, olive oil works as a natural anti-aging fix and protects the skin from harmful free radicals. It also keeps the skin hydrated for long.1 Add 2 drops of olive oil into your daily moisturizer before bedtime and wake up to soft and supple skin.
3. It Polishes Your Furniture
Swap your store-bought furniture polish with olive oil and lemon. It’s natural and incredibly easy. Mix olive oil and lemon juice into a bowl. Dip a cloth into the mixture and wipe down your furniture. Give it a few minutes for it to dry. Easy-peasy, right?
4. It Treats Diaper Rash
Olive oil is full of nourishing compounds – perfect for a baby’s delicate bottom. In the case of a nasty diaper rash, olive oil’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties can reduce irritation and any itchiness. It also acts as a shield against bacteria. Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil in one tablespoon of water. Rub this on your hands and gently massage it on the rash. Another option is to mix olive oil with honey and beeswax for that extra push of care.2
5. It Repairs Cracked Feet
Cracked feet is an extremely common problem. It could be from a long walk you took barefoot or maybe the climate that’s making your skin dry and crack. The moisturizing properties of olive oil are just what your feet needs.
First up, wash your feet with water and soap. Next, scrub your feet with a pumice stone or a regular foot file. This helps to get rid of the dead skin cells. Massage olive oil on your feet, particularly around the heels. Put on your socks and let it remain overnight. Do this every night until it completely fades away.
6. It Fixes A Squeaky Door Hinge
Is a squeaky door driving you insane? Enter olive oil! Since the oil works as a perfect lubricant, you can apply it directly to the hinges and the annoying noise should stop in seconds.
7. It Shines Your Shoes
Need to rush out the door but your shoes look they haven’t been touched for years? Here’s a shoe hack: In case of a shoe emergency, save time, and dab olive oil on them. It makes them shine as well as protects them from dust. But use it only on black shoes or you risk staining tan shoes.
A Few Things To Know When Using Olive Oil
- The shelf life of an olive oil bottle depends on its brand and storage. Most of them are safe for 6 months, if you store them in a dry and cool place.
- Keep the oil away from direct sunlight to prevent it from turning rancid.
- You can always use olive oil that’s turned rancid for your cleaning chores.
- Always store olive oil in a glass bottle, preferably something in a dark shade.
- Try to buy smaller bottles of olive oil to ensure freshness.
- Use extra virgin olive oil for all your health and beauty needs.
Do you have any particular way of using olive oil in your life? Let us know!
|↑1||Chaiyana, Wantida, Pimporn Leelapornpisid, Rungsinee Phongpradist, and Kanokwan Kiattisin. “Enhancement of antioxidant and skin moisturizing effects of olive oil by incorporation into microemulsions.” Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology 6 (2016): 1847980416669488.|
|↑2||Al‐Waili, N. S. “Clinical and mycological benefits of topical application of honey, olive oil and beeswax in diaper dermatitis.” Clinical microbiology and infection 11, no. 2 (2005): 160-163.|