Olive Oil: One of the Oldest Pressed Oils
Research shows that ancient people processed olive oil as far back as 8,000 years ago, when residues were found in ancient clay pots dating back to the 6thcentury millennium. It was popular staple oil that is talked about both in the Bible and the Quran. Besides being a nutritious food, olive oil was used to light lamps and as a medicine. Hippocrates used olive oil to treat more than 50 different health problems including ear infections, burns, skin afflictions and gynaecological disorders.
Oldest beauty product
Olive oil was also used as a beauty product ages ago to cleanse skin and make soap as well as other beauty products. Ancient Egyptians used olive oil as a skin cleansing antibacterial and moisturising agent along with beeswax. Not to mention, Cleopatra also used olive oil in her skin care routine, which also included other skin treatments with milk baths and honey face masks.
Ancient Minions revered olive oil and it was seen to represent wealth in their society. They were said to use olive oil in their daily lives, as part of their diet, as medicine, as fuel for lamps, in tanning and they also used it to make beauty products such as soap and facial cleansers, as well as bases for scents and creams. Nowadays olive oil is also used as part of the oil cleansing method, which uses oil instead of soap to cleanse skin.
Ancient Greeks used olive oil to give Olympic athletes body massages that reduced muscle fatigue and improved flexibility, which helped prevent sports injuries. Much like the Ayurvedic sesame oil body massage before bath, these olive oil massages can keep skin soft, supple and smooth as well as promote strong bones and joints.
Olive oil for skin, hair and beauty
Nowadays you can find olive oil as a component of many beauty products including hair oils, soaps, shampoos, eye lash treatments, under eye serums, moisturizers & lotions and even in lipsticks. All these beauty products, besides containing only a small percentage of olive oil, are also artificial and in the long run, do more harm than good for skin and hair. So why not use cold pressed extra virgin olive oil as a natural beauty product all on its own?
Olive oil contains vitamin E, which is also known as the ‘skin’ vitamin. It promotes healthy supple skin as well as prevents dryness and flakiness. It also contains powerful antioxidants which fight off free radicals that steal oxygen from healthy skin cells, thereby causing them to become dull and lifeless, as well as speeding up aging of skin. One such antioxidant is known as hydroxytyrosol, which is a natural antioxidant found in cold pressed olive oil. It has potent anti inflammatory properties that can help alleviate skin inflammation. This golden oil helps promote supple dewy skin by sealing moisture, thereby preventing dryness.
For hair, olive oil has lots of beauty benefits too! It helps condition, soften, moisturize and lubricate hair, seal off split ends, repair damaged hair, nourish the scalp, promote hair growth and much more! It is one of the best emollients that can penetrate deep into the hair shaft and follicles, thereby stimulating hair growth and improving hair elasticity.
Please do not use olive oil on your skin or hair or include it in your diet if you are allergic to it. Make a small test patch by rubbing a little olive oil in your inner elbow to see if you are allergic. If you experience any itching, redness, rash, or discomfort, immediately wash off with warm water and a mild soap.
As always, use everything in moderation. A research conducted in 2013 discovered that the high levels of healthy fatty acids such as oleic acids increased water loss through the skin. Therefore, people with super sensitive skin should use olive oil in moderation.