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10 Surprising Things to Do With Olive Oil – Besides Eat It

Posted by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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10 Surprising Things to Do With Olive Oil – Besides Eat It

by Adriana Velez

olive oilWe love olive oil for so many uses: Salad dressing, homemade mayonnaise, cooking oil. It's luscious, delicious, and good for you. It's rich in oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. But that's just the beginning of why olive oil is so wonderful. There's tons of uses for the golden Mediterranean oil outside the kitchen. For starters, have you seen what it can do for the outside of your body? We mean your skin, of course. Here's 10 surprising uses for olive oil -- besides eating or cooking with it.

1. Moisturizer: Using olive oil as a moisturizer can be as simple as smoothing a little over your knuckles while you're cooking to actually mixing up your own lip and body balm.

2. Body scrub: Making your own olive oil and sugar body scrub is pretty easy as well. Even if you don't want to make a whole batch, you can bring just a few tablespoons into the shower with you for a quick scrub.

3. Shave: Instead of soap or what-the-hell's-in-it shaving lotion you can just drizzle on a little olive oil for an extra-moisturizing way to shave your legs.

4. Stuck ring: Got a ring stuck on your finger? Before you reach for the pliers, try a little olive oil to help make that ring a little more slippery.

5. Gum in hair: Kid got gum in her hair again? Work some olive oil into the mess. The gum may not come out all in one piece (you weren't going to re-chew it anyway), but it should all come out.

6. Cradle cap: Rub a little olive oil into your baby's scalp and come that scaly thing out.

7. Cat supplement: Supposedly a bit of olive oil in your cat's food will help reduce hairballs and give it a softer, shinier coat.

8. Protect wood and leather: You can polish leather by rubbing a small amount of olive oil in and letting it dry. And you can also use olive oil to protect wooden cutting boards and utensils.

9. Manicure: Rub a tiny amount of olive oil into your fingernails and cuticles for a quick manicure.

10. Anti-frizz: I'm not saying this is ideal. BUT, in a pinch, if you've run out of hair product and can't get to the store, work a small amount of olive oil into your hair to control frizz.

What else have you used olive oil for?

by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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TheBabyFactory4
by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Interesting
lizard3731
by Bronze Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 11:07 AM

I have put olive oil in my hair, left it overnight and washed it out the next day.  It's not as messy as it sounds, because my hair absorbs some of the oil.  Probably sounds gross if you have oily hair, but my hair's gotten dryer as I've gotten older.  It does seem to help make my hair less frizzy.

matreshka
by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 11:55 AM

I've used it for eczema.

Shopsha0911
by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM

facial cleanser

a_and_j_momma
by on Jul. 25, 2013 at 2:12 AM
I need to try some of these
3kidz123
by on Jul. 25, 2013 at 7:44 AM

I have frizzy/course hair and have resently went poo free. My hair still get's dry even not washing it so I use olive olive oil when needed and as long as I just use a small amount it works like a charm...use to much and it will be a hot mess. lol

3kidz123
by on Jul. 25, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Oh the sugar scrub is nice too :) Makes your face so soft :)

3kidz123
by on Jul. 25, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Oh and olive oil helps make stretch marks look better!

I have very dark ones on my inner thighs and it's embaressing in the summer with shorts and swim wear...If I put olive oil on them daily and just rub it in they become less noticable to the point where I feel less embaressed :)

Not a cure but it does make them look better :)

specialwingz
by on Jul. 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Believe it or not, I've used olive oil for every one of these.  LOL.

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