The olive oil extracted from the fruit of the olive tree (botanical name- Olea europaea).
Olea europea tree native to the Mediterranean, as well as parts of Africa and Asia.
The olive’s leaves and oil are used to make medicine.
Olive oil is rich in skin-nourishing fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E.
It is a simple, affordable, healing treatment. Excellent both for the skin and for the hair.
Olive oil and the skin:
First, this oil is used to condition and soften the skin.
Extra-virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants, that mediate anti-inflammatory effects, which may be one of the main reasons for its health benefits. 1
Also, the antioxidants that will fight free radicals damage which can cause premature ageing.
It is a rich oil, full of healthy fatty acids, phenolic antioxidants, vitamin E, squalene, omega 9 oleic acid.
How to use?
- Rub a few drops into the nails and cuticles to protect and condition them.
- Use it as a pre-treatment, before shampooing or use as an overnight hair mask to treat dry and damaged hair and irritated, sensitive scalp.
- Olive oil also can be used as facial cleansing oil- it will clean the skin and leave it well moisturised and conditioned. Check out this post about oil cleansing.
For more information about olive oil, and how to make an olive oil hair mask check out this post: OLIVE OIL- EVERYDAY HEALTHY OIL FOR COOKING AND SKINCARE