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30 Uses for Extra Virgin Olive Oil

30 uses for extra virgin olive oil (life hacks)

The amazing benefits of olive oil don’t just stop in the kitchen. Read below for nearly 30 ways to use olive oil to improve your life.

Kitchen

sautee in extra virgin olive oil

Sautee – Olive oil has a smoke point of 410 degrees and retains all nutrients up to medium-medium high heat


Fry – The recommended frying temp is 355, well below EVOO’s smoke point


Salad Dressings – drizzle over salads or veggies for good texture and flavor

marinade
Marinades – mix with olive brines for an easy, delicious marinade

extra virgin olive oil dipping oil
Dipping oil for bread – Mix with high quality vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper, parmesan, or red pepper flakes


Grilled Cheese – Replace butter with EVOO for an out-of-this-world grilled cheese


Smoothies– Add a dash to smoothies to add antioxidants and keep you full longer

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Pesto -  Make heart-healthy pesto by grinding basil, or pine nuts, parmesan and garlic together, then incorporating EVOO until the texture is right. Serve over pasta or as a dipping sauce for bread

Medicine Cabinet

Aid digestion  - Eating olive oil on a daily basis is said to help regulate your digestive tract.


Reduce inflammation – take a spoonful in the morning to reduce inflammation in the heart, gut, and throughout the body


Protect your heart - Over time, cells oxidize, leading to the common effects of aging. A specific polyphenol in olive oil is especially effective at protecting your red blood cells from oxidation.


Curb your appetite - Having olive oil in your diet consistently makes you feel full and tends to make you eat less and have fewer sugar cravings.

extra virgin olive oil helps maintain healthy weight
Manage weight – Recent studies show that people eating a mediterranean diet including healthy fats like EVOO lost nearly  3x more weight than those on a low-fat diet.


Reduce bad cholesterol levels -  Extra virgin olive oil contains polyphenols, which help to keep your levels of LDL cholesterol within healthy ranges.

ingredient in olive oil shown to kill cancer cells
Help fight cancer – Extra virgin olive oil contains phytochemicals, and a Rutgers study found that they are effecting at killing cancer cells


Improve your memory  - Some research has shown that extra virgin olive oil can prevent and possibly even reverse the memory loss that accompanies Alzheimer’s disease.


Soothe baby skin Use extra virgin olive oil instead of baby oil to help soothe and soften baby’s sensitive skin.  Also can be used to help prevent diaper rash.

Household/Cleaning

Shine household surfaces - Appliances, faucets, stainless steel and laminate surfaces all benefit from a light coating of olive oil and a gentle buffing.


Condition cutting boards - Rub a small amount of olive oil into wood cutting boards to condition them.


Waterproof leather - Buff a small amount of olive oil into leather shoes, baseball gloves, etc. to protect them from water.


Polish wood furniture - Wipe wood furniture with a teaspoon of olive oil and a soft rag. You can add a little bit of vinegar or citrus juice to up the cleaning power!


Fix a squeaky door - Use a rag or cotton swab to apply olive oil to the top of squeaky hinges to help lubricate and stop squeaking.


Fix a stuck zipper  - Apply olive oil on a cotton swab and rub on the teeth of the stuck zipper to help pull the zipper tab.


Condition cast iron 


Mix with essential oil – most essential oils should not be applied directly to skin. Pure, extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest mixing oil you can use.

Beauty

Treat sunburns – the antioxidants, Vitamin E, and moisturizing quality soothe sunburnt skin

olive oil all natural chemical free moisturizer


Face/Body moisturizer – or use our Olive Essentials Facial Oils 

olive oil hair conditioning mask
Condition hair -Rub on dry hair and soak desired amount of time. Rinse for soft, smooth tresses.


Darker,thicker eyelashes – Massage a few drops on eyelashes

olive oil sugar scrub for exfoliating skin
Exfoliate skin  Mix together 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon of sugar or salt. Mix together and rub on skin to remove dead or dry skin.


Remove makeup – Apply olive oil to a cotton ball and wipe off makeup.
Replace shaving cream  Rub olive oil on your legs or area to be shaved and shave as usual.


Improve nail beds - Use a bit of olive oil to moisturize cuticles, or mix oil and water and soak your hands for a few minutes before a manicure.

olive oil all natural massage oil
Massage oil – EVOO is a luscious chemical-free massage oil that will leave you silky soft (or try our Organic Comfrey oil to relieve muscle and joint pain!)


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