Sunday, May 25, 2008

Olive Oil, the all around good stuff!

Many of you are aware of the benefits of olive oil in cooking. But did you know that it also has an ancient and excellent use as a beauty aid?
You can make some skin care products out of inexpensive oil, like scrubs and dry skin relief.
It only takes 3 items to gain a whole bevy of benefits, AND, a friend of mine who is a nurse always warned me, that anything I put ON my skin should be food grade...,"If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin."
So, with that in mind, the 3 ingredients are;
1 quart olive oil(Pompeii works fine)
1 cup kosher salt
and about 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils(I like Wild Oats "Harmony" blend myself).

To the quart of oil, add 20 drops of essential oils, shake and smell, add more as desired.
This blend is great for dry skin patches, bath oil, and for those pesky crowsfeet. Olive oil is almost as good as jojoba in absorption into the skin.
If you need a scrub, mix 1 cup of kosher salt and 1 cup of scented oil, keep in a sealed container, use to scrub your face, elbows, heels, whatever. Rinse off and enjoy the glow!

16 comments:

cube said...

Excellent tip.

WomanHonorThyself said...

luv the site!..woop!!

The Merry Widow said...

Morning, Ladies!
Cube-I was delighted to discover it myself. And you don't have to worry so much about ingredients, allergies and adverse reactions. Olive oil has a very long track record. LOL!
Angel-Good to see you here, welcome!

tmw

The Frank Family said...

Olive oil on your skin? I imagine if you left it on your skin it would work as a tanning oil as well. LOL!!!

nanc said...

i feel like i've read or heard somewhere of a home tanning solution of instant coffee and olive oil...have you heard of it?

The Merry Widow said...

Nope, can't say I have. The only one I know about is the infamous baby oil and iodine concoction!
Jason-The olive oil soaks into your skin and really doesn't leave much residue.

tmw
But it would probably work...

CHOMP said...

Love your new site. I'll be back often...and I will send people over. You will have great success with this one!

cube said...

I'm not worried. I was raised on olive oil. We used it long before it became the chic thing to use.

nanc said...

they used to call me olive oyl...now they call me pasta with olive oyl!

The Merry Widow said...

Cube-And a heck of a lot healthier for you than some of that stuff for sale out there.
Nanc-You are addicted to pasta...

tmw

Z said...

You're right about this, tmw. A good friend who's a real redhead with redhead skin is fifty-nine and has a dewy complexion because she's added a little olive oil into moisturizer and applied it to her face twice a day for years. Her face is dewy.

The Merry Widow said...

Well, you have to figure that the ladies around the Mediterranean have been using it for millenia, time to take note!

tmw

nanc said...

as you well know, my son, the amateur alchemist, is always looking for some new mixture - i'm going to have him experiment with olive oil and instant coffee and try it out on me and i'll gladly show the result regardless of the outcome!

*8]

just look for the whites of my teeth...

berty said...

Don't forget your strigil.

Steve Harkonnen said...

Someone once tried telling me that baby pee is good for your face. Ain't that something.

The Merry Widow said...

Steve-:rolling of eyes: It's along the same lines as those hair and skin products that use placentas, for crying out loud! How revolting!
At least olive oil is edible and a fruit!

tmw