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10 Unusual Uses for Olive Oil

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7. Soothe a sunburn

You don’t want to put oil onto your skin the day that you notice a burn, but start moisturizing with olive oil a day or two later to help prevent peeling and heal your damaged skin.

8. Treat a dry scalp

Forget the Head and Shoulders, which is full of mystery ingredients! Massage a small amount of olive oil into your scalp to moisturize and fight those flakes.

9. Revitalize wood furniture

Whip up a mixture that’s 2 parts olive oil to 1 part lemon juice. Put a small amount of oil on a soft cloth, and wipe down your wood furniture. It will keep the wood from drying out and help hide small nicks and scratches.

10. Wash your face

Washing your face with oil may sound counter-intuitive, but many green beauty gurus swear by the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). Need some tips to get started? Kayla Coleman has an excellent how-to for OCM newbies!

I bet this only scratches the surface of olive oil’s many uses. How do you use olive oil when you’re not cooking with it? Let’s keep the ideas coming in the comments!

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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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Well appreciated since ancient times because of its versatility and its characteristics, olive oil represents the main aspect of the Mediterranean diet.

Since oil benefits are countless, brings to you a wide range of products to take care of your taste as much as your personal care. These products are enriched with the best oil properties providing your day-to-day with a touch of nature.

Thank you and have a great day!

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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