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10 Unusual Uses for Olive Oil

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10 Unusual Uses for Olive Oil

Olive oil is a “healthy fat” and in moderation can help reduce your risk for all sorts of ailments, like heart disease and high blood pressure. We know that olive oil is healthy for our insides, but did you know it has all sorts of other uses for you, around the home, and even for pets?

Let’s take a look at some uses for olive oil beyond the kitchen, and I’d love to hear your unusual uses for olive oil in the comments!

1. Make your own sugar scrub

You can use olive oil to create a moisturizing, exfoliating sugar scrub that’s great for soothing dry winter skin. Just mix up sugar with enough olive oil to form a paste, add scent with your favorite essential oils, and you’re ready to rock. Massage the sugar scrub into your skin in the shower or bath.

2. Moisturize your hands and feet

To give those dry hands and feet some extra TLC this winter, massage a small amount of olive oil into your skin after you take a bath or shower. Put on socks and gloves afterward to help that moisture absorb into your skin. You’ll notice results almost immediately!

3. Oiling your hair

Oiling your hair is a practice that’s been around for centuries. While some tutorials call for coconut oil to oil your hair, olive oil works just as well. Just put a few drops of olive oil onto your hands, massage into your scalp, then brush or comb to distribute the oil evenly. Let it sit for about an hour, then wash the excess oil away with your favorite non-toxic shampoo.

Up next: Olive oil for pets, unsticking a zipper, and removing makeup!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by avlxyz

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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3:09AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Thank you Becky :)
Working with the olive trees I had the chance to learn a lot. Also about myself :)

4:53AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

There must be something new each day

2:54PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Great info. I love additional uses for products one has around the house anyway. My daughter swears by the Olive Oil Cleansing method for her face and body. Doesn't even use soap anymore, and has the best skin now. I've begun soaking my nails in olive oil, because they were becoming so dried that they were splitting. Doubt I'll ever have Vampira nails, but it's nice to not be in pain anymore!

2:49PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

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11:21AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Love and use olive oil 4 and on everything! Love it on my face too---better than all the moisturizers out there. Thanks

12:38PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Great tips.I always use olive oil,thanks for sharing

8:43AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

I use olive oil for everything! I don´t use any body lotions.
One of my favorite use is makeup removal! Try it!

5:07PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

I like the fact that you can use it on face and hair.

7:37PM PDT on May 30, 2012

thanks for sharing..

10:50PM PDT on May 22, 2012

These are great tips, sor far I only use olive oil for cooking.

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