Olive oil has a heavy texture and can vary in color from a pale golden yellow to dark green. The purest form is from the “extra virgin” and it is lightest in color.
Olive oil has many antioxidant properties. Olive oil absorbs UV radiation and is very efficient in lowering metabolism rate of the body cells. Thus assisting in repairing cells and in preventing cell damage.
As a night cream: When combined with vinegar and water in equal proportions, olive oil will soften and moisturize the skin as you sleep. The vinegar acts to lighten skin discolorations and helps to exfoliate the skin.
For Nails: Warm a small dish of olive oil (not too hot) with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Soak nails for 5- 10 minutes. This softens cuticles while it strengthens nails.
For Face: Create a moisturizing facial mask with olive oil, honey, and an egg yolk. Beat until well blended and apply to face… then relax! Leave on for 15 minutes; rinse with luke warm water.
For Eyes: Nightly, place a small amount of oil on your finger tips. Gently dab on the corner of your eyes, your eye lids and under your eyes. Use caution not to get in your eyes. You can also do this to your eye brows after tweezing or waxing to provide moisture and soothing relief.
For Lips: Daily, place a small amount of oil on your finger tips. Rub across your lips to provide moisture and shine.
Treat sunburn: Olive oil soothes the pain of mild sunburn by helping skin retain its moisture. Use equal parts olive oil and water in a tight-lidded container. Shake well, then apply to mild sunburn. Shake the mixture often during application to keep it from separating.
Condition your hair: Ancient beauties and warriors alike used olive oil to tame and beautify their locks. Olive oil strengthens hair and makes it more flexible.
Prevent dry scalps: Using olive oil as a scalp conditioner moisturizes your dry scalp.
Smooth and moisturize rough, dry feet: Make a foot scrub of equal parts olive oil and honey, a third part sugar and a dash of lemon juice. Soak your feet in warm water, then massage the moisture into them. Follow up by moisturizing your feet and hands with a well-shaken water and olive oil emulsion.
Improve your skin’s appearance from the inside out: Including olive oil in your daily diet helps your skin stay healthy and beautiful.
Deep condition damaged hair: Warm a quarter cup of olive oil to a comfortable temperature, then work it through your hair to the roots. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap or a shower cap, then heat your hair with a hair dryer. Allow the oil to sit on your hair for up to a half hour, then shampoo as usual. If you do this in the shower, your whole body will emerge soft and silky.
Firm and tone skin: Combine equal parts water and olive oil in a jar or other container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well. Apply to your skin.