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Beauty Secrets Of Olive Oil

Did you ever think of using olive oil for your skin or hair? Many home remedies put it to use as a conditioner and skin softener. Some of these beauty treatments are ancient ones that have been around for centuries. Today, there are new ideas and variations to go with the old tried and true methods.

In 2006, actress Sophia Loren was voted the World’s Most Naturally Beautiful Woman, at the age of 72! She won out over other competitors that could have been her daughter, like Catherine Zeta Jones.

When they asked her for her secret to staying (and looking) young she said “love of life,” and “olive oil.” She uses it on her face as a moisturizer and bathes in it.

Hair Remedies in Ancient Times

Olive oil is said to do wonders for hair. In ancient times, Queen Anne of Great Britain was known for taking special care of her hair. Her barber made a special hair treatment for her that she liked so much it was forbidden for the recipe to be known. When she died, however, the beauty secret came out. It was a mixture of two ounces of olive oil and four ounces of honey.

Today the experts advise that this treatment be used by brunettes only. Four to eight treatments a year should keep hair and scalp healthy. Stir the mixture well, apply to hair and scalp and cover for about thirty minutes. Wash out with shampoo.

Olive Oil for the Hair Today

Using olive oil as a hair treatment today may be a little more convenient than the procedures that were used long ago. Adding a teaspoon to your hair conditioner is one idea.

Here’s another idea from Italy: shampoo hair, take one cup of plain yogurt and add one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Mix well and apply to hair. Leave five minutes and rinse out.

Extra virgin olive oil is the most natural of olive oils. It is oil from the first pressing of the olives. No refining or processing has been done to this oil. It is the favorite of most for health and potency.

When putting olive oil in your hair remember to apply just enough. Be careful not to over-saturate the hair. Olive oil is very greasy and hard to wash out if too much is used.

Olive oil and the Skin

Olive oil has many uses for the skin. Countless use it in their bath water. It leaves the skin very soft. One warning here: olive oil makes the tub very slippery.

Those who use olive oil as a moisturizer for the face say it absorbs into the skin after a few minutes and is not greasy. If you’re out of makeup remover put some olive oil on a cotton ball and see how easy it removes makeup.

Olive oil has properties in it that help skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It contains chlorophyll, the substance found in plants that aids in photosynthesis.

Try this as a facial cleanser: lightly massage a small amount of olive oil on your face and wash off with soap. Some recommend a glycerin soap.

Fingernails can be soaked in olive oil for nice-looking hands. It also softens the cuticles.

With so many uses for olive oil there are most likely some that would please everybody. We are looking more and more to traditional remedies for health and beauty. Go ahead and experiment with the ones that interest you. You might be very glad you did!


Street Talk

That's great, Carmen. Glad you liked it. Olive oil is wonderful for so many things. When you use it on your hands be sure to massage some into your nails. I've heard some women say it makes the nails strong and keeps them from breaking.

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  about 7 years ago
C4rmen  

Fantastic Oil! I currently use Avocado oil on my skin for bathing but am going to purchase Olive Oil once it runs out. Thanks for the info in this article, I will also use it now for;- hair treatment; moisturiser; hand cream; make up remover :)

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  about 7 years ago
AJ  

Great tips here, Georgia. I'll be pinning it to my healthy living board as well.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks for stopping by, AJ.

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  about 7 years ago

An aside to the hair treatment is that it's also good for head lice! Don't mean to put anyone off but it is a fact of life in Australian schools and a good remedy to keep the kids free!

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  about 7 years ago
AJ  

Heather, do you use it for prevention or treatment?

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  about 7 years ago

Both AJ. I'll admit to lifting my daughters hair and giving it a spray with olive oil cooking spray. It goes on lightly then and it's not noticeable to be there. If a problem does occur I pour it along the scalp and comb it right through also using a nit comb. I then put her hair up in a bun to keep the oil off other things and let it dry in a few hours. We then shampoo it out although there is a residue. Seems to work. At other times I've also used neem oil mixed in with conditioner but that does stink. Olive oil is actually pleasant and I often do my hair at the same time so my daughter and I feel like we're doing a beauty treatment!

  
  about 7 years ago

Yes, I'd heard that, Heather. Isn't that amazing? And I bet it works as good or better than a prescription cream at the pharmacy.

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  about 7 years ago

Much cheaper too Georgia! I've spent a bucket on horrid chemical treatments in my time and not only are they nasty the results are often ordinary!

  
  about 7 years ago

Georgia, I used to use olive oil! Your article reminded me. You gave great ways and reasons to do so. Thanks! blessings, Cynthia

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks, Cynthia. Enjoy using olive oil again!

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  about 7 years ago

I did! I am:-) Thanks!

  
  about 7 years ago

Thanks, Shawn. I hope it does. Pinterest is new to me, and I'm trying to get familiar with it.

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  about 7 years ago

Another good one Georgia. I will pin it to my healthy living board at Pinterest and lets see if it goes crazy like the last one. :)

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  about 7 years ago
Lemuel  

Great article and definitely new information for me regarding beauty secrets of olive oil. I'll share this one with my wife. :) Thanks Georgia

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks for stopping by, Lemuel. I hope your wife enjoys it.

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  about 7 years ago

Good info Georgia Gale...

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks for stopping by, Kevin.

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  about 7 years ago

Damn I needed to know this 30 years ago this old face might not have been so bad now. Like John my wife will read this and maybe comment.

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  about 7 years ago

I'm laughing as I sit here, Rob. Don't worry about the last 30 years. I believe your inner spirit overcomes external beauty treatments!

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  about 7 years ago

You are so kind Georgia, so kind.

  
  about 7 years ago

Dang... how do I get that amount of good grace!

  
  about 7 years ago
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