Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday's Tip! Other uses for Olive Oil!

Olive oil is a “healthy fat” and when consumed in moderation, it can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Olive oil is healthy for our insides, but it also has all kinds of other uses.

Today I have compiled 10 other unique uses for this common kitchen staple.

  • Un-stick A Zipper
This is something good to remember when your in a pinch. You can loosen that pesky zipper by dabbing a small amount of olive oil onto the zipper’s teeth to help it slide along smoothly.

  • Make A Sugar Scrub
Olive oil can be used to create a moisturizing and exfoliating scrub that helps heal and sooth dry winter skin. To make just mix sugar with enough olive oil to form a paste. If you want you can scent the scrub with essential oils. To use just massage the scrub into your skin in the shower, bath or use on your hands in the sink. You can also get the same effects by making a salt scrub. You can see how I made my own Salt Scrub HERE

  • Sooth A Sunburn
No one likes getting sunburn but if you are like me you will try anything to help sooth your skin after spending too much time in the sun. Now you don’t want to use oil on your skin the same day you notice a sunburn, but you can start using olive oil to moisturize your skin a day or two later. This will also help prevent your skin from peeling and help to heal the damaged skin.

  • Moisturize
During the winter especially your hands and feet usually call for some extra TLC. To help soften your dry winter skin massage a small amount of the oil after your shower. For extra soft skin you want to wear socks and gloves afterwards to help the moisture absorb into the skin. You should feel and see results right away.

  • Hairball Prevention
This was new to me since I do not own cats. But apparently even cats can benefit from the many uses of olive oil. Depending on your cat’s size you can feed them 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of olive oil to help prevent them from getting hairballs. Also a plus, the olive oil will also help their coats look shiny.

  • Oil Your Hair
Oiling your hair seems to have been around for awhile. A lot of instructions use coconut oil but olive oil will work just as well. Just put a few drops of oil onto your hands and massage evenly into your scalp. Next just comb your hair to evenly distribute the olive oil. You want to let the oil absorb for about an hour before washing it out with your regular shampoo.

  • Rejuvenate Your Furniture
Make your old dresser shine like new again. Mix 2 parts olive oil to 1 part lemon juice. Using a soft cloth add a small amount of the mixture and wipe down your wood furniture. This trick will keep your wood from drying out and help hide any small scratches.

  • Remove Makeup
Makeup removers bought in stores are often expensive and usually full of mystery ingredients. Now you can use olive oil instead. Using a warm, damp wash cloth or a cotton ball just add a few drops of olive oil. Not only will it remove makeup but you will also moisturize your face at the same time.

  • Treat Dandruff
For a dry itchy scalp forget buying expensive shampoos, just massage a small amount of olive oil onto your scalp. This will help moisturize and fight those pesky flakes.

  • Wash Your Face
It may sound funny to use oil to wash your face but many "green" beauty experts swear by OCM (oil cleansing method) For more information and to find out what mixture of oils works best for your skin you can go HERE

What other uses to do you have for Olive Oil outside your kitchen?

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I never knew there were so many uses for olive oil! Interesting...

    Now following you :)