Besides the benefits of consuming olive oil, you can even use it on your hair, skin, and around the house. These are some of the most useful and clever non-food ways that we’ve found to use olive oil on a daily basis.
Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and a staple of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil has been touted as one of the healthiest foods to add to your diet. Some of the many potential benefits of olive oil include reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol.
Olive Oil for Skin
Shaving is harsh on sensitive skin, causing irritation, pain, and red bumps. Instead of chemically-concocted shaving cream, try using pure olive oil as a lubricant to ease the razor’s sharp edge on your skin.
Dry Cuticle Treatment
Mix equal parts olive oil and water in a small bowl and soak your fingers in it for a no-fuss DIY manicure. Rub pure olive oil into your cuticles to moisturize the nail bed and hangnails. After about five minutes of soaking, you can safely push the skin back with a cuticle stick.
Sunburns aren’t only painful; they leave damaged, dry skin behind after they heal. Apply olive oil to sunburns to help skin retain its natural moisture. During summer months or before a vacation, mix equal parts olive oil and water in a tight-lidded container to keep on hand. Don’t forget to shake the container thoroughly before applying since oil and water are notorious for separating!
Olive Oil for Hair
Deep Conditioning Treatment
One of the most popular ways to use olive oil as a beauty product is as a deep conditioning treatment for your hair. After shampooing and towel-drying your hair, apply olive oil on your tresses and pull on a shower cap. Either let it soak in for 30 minutes or blast it with a hair dryer for 10 minutes if you’re in a rush. Rinse thoroughly and enjoy a silkier, softer, and hydrated style.
Detangle Your Hair
If you find yourself constantly fighting tangles, keep some olive oil in the bathroom to use as an all-natural detangler. Olive oil helps a wide-tooth comb glide smoothly through your strands, reducing breakage and split ends. This treatment works great for kids too!
Olive Oil for Household Use
Quiet a Squeaky Door
A persistent squeaky door can wear on your nerves each time it opens and closes. Rid your home of this annoying noise by applying a few drops of olive oil to a hinge or knob that’s sticking. No harsh chemicals or toolkit required!
Fix a Stuck Zipper
Don’t fight a stuck zipper all on your own! Instead, keep some olive oil and a few cotton swabs around the house to keep your zippers zipping smoothly. Simply dip a swab into some olive oil and rub the zipper teeth with it. Your coat, purse, or pair of pants should be fully functional in no time.
Shine Your Stainless Steel Sink
If your stainless steel sink is looking a little dull, dip a soft cloth into some olive oil to get it looking polished and new again. Not only will olive oil make your sink shine, but it will also help to reduce water-spotting in the future.
However, not all olive oils are created equal, and there are many impure and unhealthy oils on the market today. Check out our post, Inside the Olive Oil Purity Scandal, to learn more.
Seagate 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from our own hand-picked olives, is 100% pure, and hasn’t been subjected to any heat, chemicals, or additives.
What is your favorite way to use olive oil? Share your olive oil tips with us in the comment section below!
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