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

Posted by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:36 AM
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10 Surprising Things to Do With Olive Oil – Besides Eat It

posted 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?

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Hottmomma607
by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Moisturizing your heals! Or hair!
michiganmom116
by Ruby Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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I used it in my hair as a deep oil treatment.

Lauren486
by Lauren on Jul. 24, 2013 at 4:29 PM

We love olive oil!  It is definitely a great moisturiser and lubricant. 

Lauren486
by Lauren on Jul. 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I may go try some on my heals now.  They have been so rough lately with all the barefoot summer walks. 

Quoting Hottmomma607:

Moisturizing your heals! Or hair!


Hottmomma607
by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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Mix with lotion if you don't want it too oily! And put socks on afterwards to seal it in!

Quoting Lauren486:

I may go try some on my heals now.  They have been so rough lately with all the barefoot summer walks. 

Quoting Hottmomma607:

Moisturizing your heals! Or hair!


AlleyCat08
by Bronze Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 6:15 PM
I have used olive oil on really dry horse tack after it has been cleaned with leather cleaner.
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batjmom
by Sarah on Jul. 25, 2013 at 7:20 AM
I've only used it for cooking.
These are some great ideas
sweetheart4171
by Peggy on Jul. 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM

interesting!!  I only used it for cooking, but I would love to use it as a moisturizer

kaybear123
by Kayla on Jul. 25, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Interesting

terri76
by Gold Member on Jul. 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Hmmmm never used it for anything but cooking..but after reading this i will have to keep themin mind!!

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