Did you know that olive oil was popularly called ‘liquid gold’ in the ancient world? If you are a culinary expert or are hooked to cooking shows, you must be familiar with olive oil. Most chefs today recommend its use. But did you know that this ingredient can be used to improve your skin health too?
There’s more to olive oil than just being a special kitchen ingredient.
Does it pique your interest? Good, because I have a health fact to share with you.
“People from the Mediterranean, where olive oil is grown and consumed the most, have the lowest mortality rates in the world when it comes to cardiovascular diseases.”
Wait, there is more.
The benefits of olive oil are many. Weight loss, blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer, arthritis — name it, and olive oil has a cure for it.
Let me introduce you to the wonderful world of olive oil. Are you ready?
Olive Oil — A Brief
Scientific Name – Olea europaea
Family – Oleaceae
Native – Mediterranean Basin
Other Names – Jaitun Ka Tel (Hindi), Mafuta (Swahili), Olyf Olie ( Afrikaans), Zayt Alzaytun (Arabic).
Olive oil is extracted from the olive fruit. From ruling our kitchens to taking over the cosmetic world, olive oil has become a rage all over the world in recent times.
When you go shopping, a good variety of olive oils catch your attention. If you are wondering what they are all about, the next few minutes will give you an insight into that.
- Virgin Olive Oil – The most popular variety, virgin olive oil is a well-known cooking oil with a surprisingly low acid content. It is best suitable for people who want to enjoy the benefits of olive oil without spending a bomb.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Made by cold pressing olive fruit, this oil is considered to be the best for our body. But mind you, not everybody can afford to use extra virgin oil due to its high cost.
- Pure Olive Oil – This oil is actually an amalgamation of refined and virgin olive oils. It has a high acidic content, and hence is unsuitable for use.
- Lampante Oil – The type that is used only as a fuel and is not suitable for cooking.
Now that you know the types, let’s move on to the benefits.
The Many Benefits Of Olive Oil
Benefits For Skin
- Moisturizes Skin
- Improves Skin Health
- Helps Remove Makeup
- Has Anti-Aging Properties
- As A Lip Scrub
- Cures Cracked Heels
Benefits For Hair
Benefits For Health
- Improves Nail Health
- Helps Prevent Breast Cancer
- Helps Prevent Diabetes
- Prevents Alzheimer’s
- Strengthens Bones
- Treats Depression
- Aids Weight Loss
- Controls Cholesterol
- Relieves Constipation
- Helps Eliminate Kidney Stones
- Helps Dilute Ear Wax
- Helps Preventing Strokes
- Perks Up Sex Life
- Acts As A Pain Relief
Skin Benefits Of Olive Oil
You are watching a video on YouTube when up pops an advertisement where a celebrity is bragging about her favorite skin cream while convincing you how it worked for her. And you rushed to a cosmetic shop to buy the cream, only to realize it is wildly expensive. What if we told you olive oil offers the same benefits as some of the costly cosmetic products in the market?
Here’s why you should prefer olive oil over all the chemical-laden skin creams in the market.