Olive oil has been used as a staple in the diet of the Mediterranean region for thousands of years, just that we know of. The medical texts of ancient Greece praise the many health benefits of the thick, golden elixir. So much so that, at one point, olive oil became an eternal symbol of Greek culture.
Fast-forward to now and it has only grown in its applications. The known uses and benefits of olive oil have since extended far beyond that of simply consuming it, though that is still just as popular. The more scientists study the properties and actions of olive oil, the more useful it becomes.
Whether you’re looking to restore your pet’s health or your own, to get chewing gum out of your hair, or even if you’re just looking for a new skincare regimen, olive oil can help you solve a lot of your problems. The best part is that once you learn everything the liquid of a pressed olive can do, you’ll save tons of money by eliminating expensive products from your life. If you want to know more about the amazing things this oil can do, read about these 50 clever uses for olive oil outside of the kitchen.
In all seriousness, snoring can cause not just sleep deprivation but can even lead to heart disease, too. According to Noisy Snorer, the torture can usually be put to an and by coating the tissues in the lining of your throat with a few drops of olive oil before bedtime.
Pour a good amount in your hands and consistently rub over the paint. It will slowly start to break up and come away. Then just soap ’em up and rinse ’em off!
Thus, consuming olive oil gives your body the little boost it needs to keep on going.
No more wasting your hard-earned money on chemically-laden makeup removers that only serve one purpose; to destroy your skin.
Simply heat one clove of minced garlic in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil on low for ~20 minutes, discard garlic and let cool. Then, just add one or two drops to the infected ear and let it work its magic!
**WARNING: never use in an ear with a perforated or ruptured ear drum!
Researchers believe that taking an average dose of about 50mg per day will likely keep chronic inflammation at bay and lessen the severity and frequency of migraines.
Fortunately, olive oil, in addition to the plethora of medically active compounds above, also produces oleuropein. This compound does many things, but one of the most important is stimulating your body’s production of the cells it needs to strengthen your bones.
She gives all the credit for her gorgeous skin to two simple things; a love of spaghetti and sporadic olive oil baths. We’re pretty sure her skin isn’t looking as firm as marble from the pasta. To get the best moisturizing bath on the planet, simply add a few capfuls of high-quality olive oil to your warm bath water and take a soak!
According to the LiceDoctors, olive oil will suffocate headlice and loosen nits from the hair shaft, but it will not penetrate the eggs or make them come free from the hair entirely. Follow up applications every 5-6 days of olive oil and physically removing the nits with a nit-comb is the only way to eliminate them.
The thick viscosity of the olive oil makes a nice, soothing coating over the inflamed throat tissue and gets rid of that irritating tickle. Just gargle a tablespoon or two for a few minutes as needed.
We think you can figure out how to make it work for yourself, but here’s a hint; a little goes a long way.
According to Medical News Today, one tablespoon of olive oil consumed first thing in the morning, before you eat anything, will soothe your bowels and soften your stool, making it easier to go.
Choosing Extra Virgin olive oil is critical, as it comes from the first pressing of olives and has the highest medicinal value. To learn more about how it can help with RA, go here.
Simply dab a small amount of olive oil (think nickel to dime-sized) onto a clean, lint-free cloth. Use a constant rubbing motion to buff out any scratches and repeat with a clean cloth until you get the shine you’re looking for.
Just pour a little over the top of your hinges and gently move the door back-and-forth to lubricate them entirely. A can of olive oil cooking spray makes this job even easier!
By applying a bit of olive oil to the metal fixtures of your tools, it will help your blades, forks, and scoopers slide right through the soil and prevent any unnecessary dulling of the blades and edges.
Using olive oil on your baby’s skin where it comes in contact with their diaper will keep inflammation, itching, and irritation at bay while its antimicrobial properties will protect your baby from any lingering bacteria. As an added bonus, the oil penetrates and conditions the skin and forms a protective barrier over it, repelling both urine and feces away from the pores.
The best part is that there is no need to moisturize afterward because the oil does it for you!
If you want to revive its warm-colored shine, simply use olive oil and a clean cloth to buff it back to beauty. If the fixtures are extra grimy or greasy, thrown some coarse sea salt into the mix for some abrasive action. This works on stainless steel the same way.
At this point, we shouldn’t be surprised that olive oil helps with that, too. Adding a teaspoon mixed in with you cat’s food will lubricate its digestive tract to stop future hairballs, and it will give them a gorgeous coat as a bonus.
You can also customize them to have soothing action by mixing in your favorite essential oils like peppermint or lavender, and they make great gifts! Check out an awesome holiday lip balm recipe here.
While all of this is wonderful, actually making the cookies can be a sticky mess. Make things way easier on yourself this year by slicking up your measuring spoons with a thin layer of olive oil and your dough will slide right out!
Next time just reach for a couple drops of olive oil and it will wiggle free in an instant!
Just pour a dime-sized dab in your palm and rub your hands back and forth until the oil heats up and thins out, then run over any frizzy spots you see and voila! You’re good to go.
Soften your cuticles right up by rubbing them down with a small amount of olive oil, or you can add some oil to warm water and let them soak before a full-on mani.
You can make dozens of different face masks with olive oil with many different benefits. This avocado and olive oil face mask is one of our favorites!
To get the full benefits, heat a couple tablespoons in the microwave for around 20 seconds or until warm to the touch, then simply coat all the strands of your hair and wrap in a hot towel for a half-hour before thoroughly rinsing the oil away. You’ll be left with luscious locks that shine like the sun itself for only pennies on the dollar!
Slathering yourself in a thin layer of olive oil before bed will not only spare you from these ingredients, but will also soothe eczema and dermatitis breakouts and make them more infrequent over time.
Just pour a few drops in your hands and run your fingers through your wet hair, making sure to get goood coverage. Brush from the bottom and watch the tangles slip away.
This means that as you soak plant material or add essential oils, butters, or beeswax, it will blend throughout the entire volume of the oil, and then carries all those wonderful benefits deep into the pores of your skin. Make your own soothing antimicrobial ointment using this recipe.
Take a tablespoon or so of the purest extra virgin olive oil you can find (no blends!), and rub into your skin every morning and night until you see results, about 3 days to 2 weeks, depending on the person.
You can easily remedy this by washing your baby’s head and using olive oil to soften and exfoliate the dead patches of skin while also soothing the inflammation around the scalp.
Much like removing chewing gum, simply coat the painted hair in the oil and let it soak for a few, then use a very fine-toothed comb (even a nit comb, if it’s really bad) to gently work out the paint. Get full instructions here.
When they’re all dry, take a clean cloth and a few drops of oil and get to buffing. The scuff marks will disappear like magic!
Keep the whole experience lovely by lightly greasing the bottom and sides of your candle holders so the melted wax will lift away like it was never there to begin with.
A ring can get stuck on your finger for all sorts of reasons, but there is always an easy way to fix it; just lube it up with olive oil and gently twist back and forth until it slides right off!