Home Remedies using Olive Oil

home remedies using olive oil

The olive produces oil that has served as a medicinal miracle for centuries in countries, such as Greece, Italy and Spain. Over the years, the oil has become known for providing a host of other solutions both inside and outside of the household. It’s highly recommended to become familiar with home remedies using olive oil to take advantage of money-saving and effective tricks.

What is Olive Oil?

The process of making olive oil starts with the pitting of the olive, which is then ground into a thick pulp. To remove the juices, the pulp is pressed. The liquids are transferred to a centrifuge that separates the water from the oil. A variety of factors affect the taste and strength of the oil, including variety of olive, soil conditions, ripeness, harvesting method, pressing technique, and storage methods. The finished product contains 77% monounsaturated fatty acids, 14 % saturated fatty acids and 9 % polyunsaturated fatty acids, as well as other components, such as vitamin E.

The best kind of olive oil for cooking and home remedy treatments is extra virgin olive oil because it comes from the first pressing and has not undergone the refining process. The grade of the olive oil is also determined by acidity levels, which measures the percentage of free fatty acid content. The best oil possesses the lowest acidity [1].

Olive Oil Home Remedies

There are many external and internal uses for olive oil that you may consider for enhancing your overall health. But, are you aware of the many home remedies with olive oil that are helpful outside of treating your body. An array of suggestions includes:

a) Soothe Chapped Lips:

To add moisture and shine to chapped lips, place a small amount of oil on your fingertips and rub across your lips.

b) Polish Up Your Furniture:

Enhance the shine of your wooden furniture by making a homemade polish. Combine two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice or white vinegar. Add the ingredients to a clean spray bottle, and shake up. Spritz on the contents and wipe off with a clean paper towel. For faster results, you can always apply olive oil straight from the bottle with a paper towel to shine up wooden furniture. Don’t forget to wipe off with a clean paper towel.

c) Paint Remover for Hair:

After painting the bedroom, it’s not unusual to find you’ve unintentionally colored your hair as well. To remove paint from your locks, moisten a cotton ball with olive oil and gently rub into the hair.

d) Take Off Mascara:

When you’ve run out of makeup remover, dip a cotton ball in a bit of olive oil and wipe across the eyelashes to remove mascara. Follow up by wiping your eyes with a tissue.

e) Fingernail Treatment:

To moisturize and soften your cuticles, soak your nails in olive oil for a couple of minutes each week. The treatment will make your nail more resistant to breakage and chipping.

f) Moisturize the Skin:

Treat dry spots and stretch marks with an application of olive oil. Simply microwave a few tablespoons of the oil until it is lukewarm to the touch. Rub it on dry parts of your body to soften the skin.

g) Jumpstart Metabolism:

When taken as an oral remedy, olive oil can actually stimulate your metabolism[2].

h) Acne Eraser [3]:

Mix four tablespoons of salt and three tablespoons of olive oil to create a paste that treats acne-ridden skin. Pour a small amount into your hands and work into the skin using your fingers. Leave on the remedy for a couple of minutes, and then rinse off with warm, soapy water. Use this remedy as a daily treatment for one week, and then scale down to two to three times weekly. The salt will cleanse and exfoliate the pores, while the olive oil rejuvenates the skin with moisture.

i) Fight Cradle Cap:

Gently massage olive oil directly onto a baby’s scalp to treat a case of cradle cap. Use a soft brush, your fingers, or a soft washcloth to distribute the oil. Leave the remedy on for about 10 to 15 minutes. Use baby shampoo to wash out the oil. Keep rinsing with warm water until all of the oil is gone.

j) Condition Your Hair:

Skip a conditioner from the store when you have olive oil handy. Add one cup of olive oil to one cup of distilled water to create a conditioner for your hair. Transfer the solution to a squeeze bottle. Apply the mixture as a rinse after a shampoo. Massage into the scalp and hair before rinsing out well.

k) Fight the Flakes:

Get rid of pesky dandruff flakes by soaking your scalp in a moisturizing olive oil solution. Pour 8 to 10 drops of olive oil into the palm of your hand and massage into the scalp. Place a shower cap over your head and leave the treatment in for at least eight hours. This will give the oil time to penetrate. In the morning, wash out the oil using your regular shampoo.

l) Shaving Cream Substitution:

Ran out of shaving cream? Olive oil allows the blade to glide over the face or legs for a safe shave, while moisturizing the skin at the same time.

m) Degrease Your Hands:

To clean your hands after working on the car, pour one teaspoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of salt into the palms of your hands. Rub vigorously for several minutes, and then wash off with soap and water. In the end, expect cleaner, softer hands.

n) Better Digestion:

Encourage more efficient digestion by taking one tablespoon of olive oil as an internal treatment. Use when you have an empty stomach.

o) Go to the Bathroom:

When you find yourself battling a bout of constipation, take one teaspoon of olive oil mixed with lemon juice on an empty stomach – in the morning. Some people have also made olive oil enemas using five ounces of the oil mixed with 20 ounces of boiling water that has been cooled to a lukewarm temperature.

p) Lower Cholesterol Levels:

Substitute your usual butter and vegetable oil intake with olive oil to help lower your ‘bad’ cholesterol levels without affecting the ‘good.’

q) Unplug Ears:

Unclog your ears by placing a few drops of lukewarm olive oil in affected ears. Lie down for five minutes on the opposite side, and then turn over to allow the oil to flow out of the ear canal.

r) Treat Cat Ear Infection:

Put a few drops of olive oil into the ears of a cat with an infection to relieve symptoms.

s) Pet Remedy:

Add a couple drops of olive oil to pet ears to drown any unwanted pests (like mites and ticks) that have gotten inside of their ears.

t) Treat Your Scalp:

Hydrate a dry scalp by applying extra virgin olive oil to the scalp before going to bed. Cover the head with a shower cap, and then follow up with a shampooing in the morning. This treatment will make your scalp feel smooth and moisturized. Repeat the treatments nightly for a week or until you are satisfied with the results.

u) Homemade Bath Scrub:

Enjoy a relaxing shower or bath with a homemade bath scrub made out of three parts olive oil and two parts sea salt.

v) Recondition Baseball Mitt:

Don’t let age tarnish the appearance of an old baseball glove – use olive oil to treat the cracking and hardening of the leather. Work olive oil into the dry spots of the mitt with a soft cloth. Allow the oil to set for 30 minutes, and then wipe away the excess oil.


[1] http://www.explorecrete.com/nature/olive-oil-types.html

[2] http://www.shape.com/weight-loss/weight-maintenance/11-ways-rev-your-metabolism/slide/6

[3] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 229-230.