I’m sure we have all heard about the wonderful benefits of olive oil. Well, this humble olive tree has lots of goodness for those who believe in natural health remedies.
Olive oil has always been a popular ingredient in organic skincare. Aside from being a flavorful food source, olive oil was a popular skin moisturizer and ointment for soothing dry skin and sunburns in the ancient times. Olive oil was also used as a skin highlighter, allowing the user to emphasize the curves and shapes of the body. In terms of actual health benefits, the consumption of olive oil has been shown to stimulate bone growth and calcium absorption. Tests show that the oil helps prevent cancer, diabetes, and skin aging. Studies also show that the consumption of olive oil results in favorable effects on cholesterol regulation and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol oxidation.
For the believers of natural health remedies, olive is also known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic, and anti-hypertensive properties. Since olive oil is rich in antioxidants, it is speculated that its use may help counteract the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Studies in Japan have also proven that the antioxidants in olive oil helps in neutralizing free radical damage. While I was shopping for some big and tall clothing for my DH the other day, I picked up a brochure that talked about the wonderful healing benefits of olive leaf extracts. It is said that the extracts can help arthritic pain and other skin problems such as psoriasis.
Aside from its proven effects as a beauty product, olive oil can also be massaged onto the cuticles to restore nail strength and resiliency to the nail bed.