Pure Olive Oil (Olea europaea)
By now, we all know that Olive Oil is really good for our health and has tons of benefits like lowering the levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, preventing strokes, improving the immune system, etc. But it also has various beauty benefits and this makes it one must-have ingredient in our homes.
Benefits for the skin
Dry skin – Olive Oil is good for moisturising the skin. If you have dry skin, massage it well in your skin, not just face but the whole body and get a glow in no time. Areas like elbow and knee get too dry and massaging them with it will lock in the moisture for longer.
Here’s a pack you can make for your face:
Mix some honey and egg yolk in Olive Oil and blend them all together. Now apply it on your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes before you wash it off with lukewarm water. This will help get back the moisture in your skin and also get rid of the impurities.
Oily skin – It works for Oily skin as well due to its non-greasy nature. Since it does not stick, people with Oily skin can also use it. They can avoid the face but massage their bodies with it and reap in its benefits.
Irritated skin – Olive Oil has antioxidants and good fats which help get rid of the free radicals and also heal the skin. So if you have irritated skin or sunburn skin then massage it on the affected area.
Stretch marks – Another major concern for both men and women are the ghastly stretch marks. By massaging this Oil, you can improve the elasticity of the skin and its regenerative properties will help heal the affected skin. This will not let to the formation of new stretch marks and may also lighten the present ones slightly.
Other beauty problems – Trade your lip balm and under-eye cream for Olive Oil instead. This will get rid of chapped lips and reduce under-eye wrinkles. Apply a few drops of it overnight and see the difference in a few days. People who have extremely sensitive skin can also opt for this. Olive Oil is also good for the nails, making them stronger and healthier. It is also a great solution for cracked heels.
Benefits for the hair
If you suffer from problems like dry, flaky scalp or dandruff, switching to Olive Oil is a good idea. Massage it with your fingertips in circular motion and then on the tips to get shiner hair. It is very light and does not make your hair too greasy. Applying it weekly once and then washing your hair after 30 minutes of application will give you good results.
People who have frizzy hair or split ends can massage their locks with lightly warmed Olive Oil. Remember, don’t heat the Oil too much as Olive Oil loses its properties at high temperatures. One can even use it in combination with egg to add volume and shine to their mane.
Most Carrier Oils are unscented or lightly scented and don't interfere with an essential oil's therapeutic properties. They may be used alone or with other oils to nourish your skin.