Olive oil, a staple of the Mediterranean Diet, is an incredibly healthy oil – full of ‘good’ fats and antioxidants.
But olive oil doesn’t just make a delicious salad dressing, it can be used in countless other ways making it well deserving of a place in your medicine cabinet, beauty routine and home.
Here are 29 uses for olive oil outside of the kitchen.
Keep a bottle of olive oil on hand for minor ailments and to benefit your overall health.
Ear Wax Remedy
A build-up of ear wax can be annoying – impacting your hearing and leaving you more prone to infection. If you suffer from excessive wax, olive oil is an inexpensive and effective treatment.
The American Hearing Research Foundation recommends putting a few drops of clean olive oil into each ear regularly to combat this issue. Simply add a few drops of the oil and let sit for a few minutes before lying down on a towel to allow it drip out. (Note: don’t try this if you have an eardrum perforation.)
Prevent Swimmers’ Ear
Swimmers’ ear, an infection in the outer ear canal which is often brought on by water that remains after swimming, can easily be prevented by adding a few drops of olive oil to each ear before jumping into the pool.
Treat an Ear Infection
If your ear problems develop into a full blown infection, before reaching for the antibiotics (which can often have unwelcome side-effects) try some olive oil. When coupled with the healing power of garlic, olive oil has been used for centuries to treat ear infections.
For immediate and long-lasting relief from pain, heat two tablespoons of olive oil with one clove of minced garlic over a low heat for 20 minutes. Discard the garlic and allow the oil to cool before adding 1-2 drops to the afflicted ear. Again, do not use if the ear drum is ruptured.
Gently apply olive oil to sunburned skin for relief and faster healing. Olive oil contains certain compounds that act as antioxidants which help prevent and repair damage to the skin caused by accidental sun exposure.
According to Dr. John Deane, these compounds have been compared to other antioxidants such as tocopherols, which are commonly used by the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry to prevent skin damage.
An ancient Ayurvedic practice, oil pulling involves swishing oil in your mouth upon waking, in order to improve oral hygiene, energy levels, immune function and so much more.
While coconut oil is the most popular oil for this – mainly for taste reasons – olive oil can easily be used in its place as an equally effective alternative.
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