Known for its health benefits olive oil is commonly used in cooking, as a salad dressing and even in skincare.
The olive tree is a traditional crop of the Mediterranean Basin. The oil is produced by pressing whole olives.
Olive oil comes right to mind when we think about the Mediterranian diet. Famous for its health benefits, and its effects the body from inside and on the outside.
Olive oil and the Mediterranean Diet
For centuries, the Mediterranean countries have been using olive oil as the primary oil of their diet.
A Mediterranean diet includes the traditional healthy living habits of people from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including France, Greece, Italy and Spain.
The Mediterranean diet is high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil.
It usually includes a low intake of meat and dairy foods.
The Mediterranean diet has been associated with good health, especially a healthy heart. 
What are the health benefits of eating olive oil?
- The oil has been widely studied for its effects on coronary heart disease, mainly for its ability to reduce blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
- The main active components of olive oil include oleic acid, phenolic constituents, and squalene. 
- Consuming olive oil as part of a healthy diet increases your antioxidant levels and provide you with anti-inflammatory effects from the polyphenols in the extra-virgin olive oil. 
- The oil has been shown health benefits to the heart, the cardiovascular system, and reduce the risk of LDL peroxidation (oxygen damage to fat) in the bloodstream.
- Olive oil is the main ingredient in many cosmetics formulas (body and hair) as it contributes to moisturizing and restoring the skin.
- Other beneficial compounds in olive oil are vitamin E, beta-carotene, and squalene, which also plays an important role in skin health.
How to choose the healthiest Olive oil to buy?
Choose Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is in a dark glass bottle.
Extra Virgin means that the oil is derived from the first pressing of the olives; this oil has the best overall health benefits.
Choose one that has a low acidity level to guarantee high quality.
Extra virgin olive oil has an acidity level that is less than 0.8%.
The acidity in oil indicates the amount of free fatty acids in the oil; it doesn’t reflect on the taste of the olive oil.
In addition to this, lower acidity also means that the fruit has undergone less damage, therefore offering healthier qualities.
Hair oil treatment DIY with olive oil
You can also use olive oil at home as part of a healthy natural hair treatment:
Mix half a cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil with 5 drops of rosemary essential oil and 3 drops of lavender essential oil.
Apply it on your hair for about 30 minutes before the shower, don’t forget to massage your roots! Then wash with shampoo and warm water.
This treatment can help to strengthen the hair roots and restore the natural hair shine, also provide a wonderfully soft feeling.
This might also limit hair loss.
I’m hoping that you will also love and enjoy all the benefits of this fantastic oil!
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