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Olive Oil for Beauty

My Friend Debbie     Olive Oil is an amazing substance. Can you imagine great Italian cooking without it? The ancient Greeks even used to bathe in it! But did you know that Olive Oil has many other uses? Here are a few of my favorite skin and hair care remedies:

Salt Scrub

     This is a great, inexpensive way to refresh your dry, dull, winter skin using simple ingredients found at home. The combination of ingredients creates a natural alpha-hydroxy acid.

  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Salt (table salt for a finer scrub, Kosher or Sea Salt for a more intense scrub)
Glass jar with tight fitting lid

My Friend Debbie     Take Olive Oil and Salt and mix together in a tight glass jar. I use a small Mason-type canning jar with the ring and seal or a hinged glass jar with a gasket (found in most craft stores). A tight seal is important to keep the ingredients fresh. You can use this as a face scrub if you have very dry skin, or an all-over body exfoliant. Just remember to keep it out of your eyes when rinsing because the salt melts away and can really sting. Also, you won't want to use this on your legs right after shaving because the salt can sting. If you would like a fragrance, you can add about six drops essential oil to the mixture. For example lavender, mint, rosemary and tea tree are all relaxing fragrances. The mixture will separate, so stir before using. You can store in the refrigerator, however high quality Olive Oil will cloud or solidify. This is fine, just warm to room temperature to restore the liquid state. Refrigeration will keep the oil fresh.

Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

     Olive Oil can be used as a deep conditioner for dry hair or scalp. For dry scalp or dandruff, pour a small amount of Olive Oil at your roots and allow to flow down your scalp. Gently massage all over your scalp. Cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel (right out of the dryer) or you can use a hair dryer to create heat. Rinse thoroughly with very warm water and shampoo as usual.

     If you have dry ends, but not scalp and want to avoid making your scalp more oily, simply apply the Olive Oil to the ends of your hair, wrap in plastic wrap and apply heat.

Dry Cuticle Soak

 Heat Olive Oil in a small microwavable bowl. Make sure it's not too hot for comfort. Soak your fingers or even your whole hand in the Olive Oil to help dry cuticles and brittle nails.

Joint Pain Relief

     Warm Olive Oil is great to apply to painful joints. The heat penetrates deep into the aching joint giving soothing relief. Olive Oil can also be used as an addition to your favorite lotion to make it more moisturizing, as a spot treatment for extremely dry skin like elbows or heels, and even as a lip treatment.

Copyright © 2008-2015 Kerriél Bailey, Esq.

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