Hello! Olive tree harvesting has begun a few weeks ago and the smell of freshly pressed olive oil is indeed all around the countryside. And because I’m all about homegrown olive trees with handpicked and fresh olive oil, I decided to explore the olive oil skin and hair benefits since I normally just use it in the kitchen. Below you can find a homemade olive oil body scrub recipe.
Olive oil love story
I used to dislike olive oil a lot when I was younger. But then I disliked a lot of things back then and who could blame me, right? Well, I discovered the beauty of olive oil when I went to Greece once and they drowned everything in olive oil over there; toasted bread, cheeses, sauces, tomatoes and basil, simple summer salads…ok, hopefully you’re not too hungry!
I got into olive oil after that and oh, don’t I adore it! On my toast and on my face, either way it makes me happy. Although, I do neglect it from time to time (I have posts on coconut oil here, but none on this beautiful Nature’s gift!), that’s why I wanted to dedicate a post to olive oil skin and hair benefits since winter always makes sure my skin need extra attention. (like, a lot!)
Traditionally, olive trees (on which olives grow that give us tasty golden elixir) are native to the Mediterranean. The olive has a botanical name of Olea europaea, which I’m going to mention again in this post. There are a number of different species of olives, so not all olive oil is of the same taste. Also, its flavor depends on the altitude, time of harvest and extraction process.
Olive oil skin and hair benefits
Olive oil has plenty of health benefits, but I’m not going to focus on that here. What I wanted to say is that olive oil contains a lot of nutrients that are good for us (I mean, extra virgin and cold pressed type) and can aid with a lot of skin or hair problems. It can be used on all types of skin, even on a sensitive. Olive oil is a natural remedy for soothing fine lines, boosting blood circulating, hydrating the skin, scalp, nails and hair. It is useful all around and in case it hasn’t made your pantry yet, I hope the following reasons will convince you of numerous olive oil skin and hair benefits.
Olive oil nutrition
Olive oil mainly consists of fatty acids, of which the 83% is oleic acid. Other but smaller amounts are linoleic acid and palmitic acid.
Olive oil also contains antioxidants (vitamin E) which protect the skin from the damage of the free radicals as well as the oxidative stress of skin cells.
Olive oil skin and hair benefits
Olive oil has been used forever for cosmetic purposes. Either consume it internally, or apply it topically: olive oil skin and hair benefits show either way and improve your hair health and take care of dry skin.
Improves skin health
With its anti-inflammatory properties and high antioxidant levels, olive oil is a natural remedy when it comes to dealing with irritated skin or various skin problems, such as acne or even psoriasis.
Look no further if you’re trying to switch to a natural skincare routine. Olive oil is most likely already in your pantry; why not give it a go and see if this liquid gold is something you could get used to. Olive oil is a perfect natural remedy for dry skin, because it moisturizes our skin, leaving it soft without any greasy residue.
A natural cleanser and make up remover
Apply a few drops of olive oil to a cotton pad and remove the make-up from your eyes. Olive oil nourishes the skin and at the same time you know that it’s free of any harmful ingredients. At the same time, it will also cleanse your skin, remove excess dirt and dissolve dead skin cells. Moreover, one more reason to use olive oil as a makeup remover is the following:
Has anti-aging properties
Yes, olive oil has anti-aging properties due to oleic acid and polyphenols (a type of antioxidants, they fight oxidative stress and possess strong anti-inflammatory properties). Olive oil hydrates the skin and preserves its elasticity.
In case you have problems with cracked heels, olive oil should make it all better, by nourishing and moisturizing the skin. Massage a bit of oil on your heels before you go to bed, put on socks and go to sleep. Repeat every night, until the problem has disappeared.
Chapped and dry lips
Too windy outside and too cold? Use olive oil on your lips to restore their health and nourish them; apply before you go to bed and leave overnight (also, this way you won’t eat it all).
Natural shaving oil
Many people (although not too many) have written about substituting shaving creams with olive oil and it should work perfectly both for men and women. Apparently, according to this guy’s claim, shaving with olive oil is faster, cleaner and it leaves the skin feeling smoother. In case you don’t want to use it instead of the shaving cream, you can always apply it as an after-shave.
For centuries, olive oil has been used as a natural hair conditioner, that leaves the hair soft, healthy and shiny.
Aids with dry scalp and dandruff
Olive oil moisturizes and nourishes the scalp, it aids when you have problems with dandruff. Massage olive oil onto your scalp; it will help to hydrate it and prevent dandruff with time.
Aids with frizzy hair
If you have curly hair like me, you must hate frizz as much as I do; frizz in the summer, frizz in the winter. Now, olive oil is here to save the day. With a regular use of olive oil (forget about the commercial frizz tamers and products that promise miracles), the frizz should get under control. Olive oil has a thick consistency and
Tames entangled and damaged hair
Olive oil is a natural moisturizer that heals damaged hair. Massage olive oil to your hair and ends, before or after washing your hair. Olive oil strengthens your hair, making it healthier.
Simple olive oil DIY recipe
When using olive oil for any reason; be it dry scalp, split ends, irritated skin or simply because you can and want to, the thing is, it’s pretty much useful on its own. You can apply it on any area of your body that you wish to treat, because of the incredible olive oil skin and hair benefits. Just take a few drops to a few tablespoons of olive oil and apply it to your hair, to your feet, to your face.
In case, however, that you want to get more out of this healthy golden liquid, I prepared a homemade olive oil body scrub recipe. Just in case you’re feeling like you want to try something new this weekend. It’s simple and gorgeous!
Nutritious homemade olive oil body scrub
Made with only three ingredients, this homemade olive oil body scrub is something that I love (and I cannot stress that enough). This body scrub leaves my skin feeling smooth, soft and silky. It’s absolutely beautiful and I adore it a lot. I’ve talked about this sort of thing before, have a look at my older post on body scrubs and their benefits.
Himalayan pink salt
As a natural detoxifier that nourishes the skin. One of the oldest forms of salt on the planet, its rich nutritious value contains 84 elements such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, amongst others. Himalayan salt detoxifies the body, stabilizes blood pressure and boosts blood circulation. But why is it pink? The higher the levels of iron in the salt, the more pink it is!
Anti-inflammatory, rich with antioxidants, olive oil is a natural remedy for damaged hair and dry skin.
You’re welcome to choose any oil to your preference. I chose grapefruit essential oil, because I’m all about citruses lately. And, because grapefruit is very uplifting, boosts immune system, as well as the lymphatic system. It has antiviral properties, relieves stress and anxiety. All in all, grapefruit essential oil is a great tonic for the body.
Rosewater is beneficial for our skin. I wrote a lot about rosewater here, but in a few words, rosewater has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It softens and soothes the skin, aids with acne, eczema, scars and wounds. Rosewater is a natural skin toner and on top of it all, it smells divine!
Homemade olive oil body scrub recipe
- 3 tablespoons Himalayan salt (finely ground)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (mine is always extra and cold pressed)
- 5 drops of grapefruit essential oil
- 1 teaspoon rosewater
- Mix all the ingredients in a jar
- Get in the shower
- Apply your homemade olive oil body scrub thoroughly and slowly in small circular movements
- Rinse off and enjoy your new skin
- Wash the ground of the shower thoroughly, so that it’s not slippery anymore
What’s your favorite use of olive oil? And what do you think of my homemade olive oil body scrub?