The Healing Power Of Olive Oil

Here are some of the reasons why olive oil is the “liquid gold” we should all have in our kitchens, bathrooms and medicine chests. Read more

Summer Skin Care Tips with Olive Oil

In the middle of summer when your skin has taken a beating from sunbathing, beaching or generally enjoying the great outdoors, it’s time to stop and pamper yourself with a refreshing, soothing and, most of all, nourishing treat. Olive oil (surprise!) is good for every kind of summer skin treatment – washing, exfoliating, moisturizing, soothing and beautifying.
Wash your skin with olive oil soap.

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Differences between Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Virgin Olive Oil and Light Olive Oil [Infographic]

Olive oil is mainly made up of mostly monounsaturated fatty acids, the most important of which is called oleic acid. Oleic acid is known to be extremely heart-healthy and capable of fighting free radical damage (or oxidative stress), which has numerous health implications. This is especially true when compared to compounds found in more refined vegetable oils, trans fats or hydrogenated fats. Read more

Olive oil helps to cure headaches

Olive oil helps to cure headaches. Compounds “oleocanthal” in olive oil act as “ibuprofen” in curbing pain.

Results of scientist’s research at the Pennsylvania University (USA) showed that pure olive oil can help to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. In addition, olive oil is very beneficial for those who are usually abused by headaches. Read more

Benefits of Olive Oil for Skin

Homer once described olive oil as ‘liquid gold,’ a term that still resonates with many. Fortunately, we do not have to fight wars over olive oil anymore as it is abundantly produced in many parts of the world and readily available. We all know that olive oil is one of the healthiest vegetable oils, along with coconut oil. Not only can you consume this nutritious food and receive numerous benefits, you can also use it to boost the nutrient value of your beauty products.

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Olive Oil, Cornerstone of the Ikarian Diet

It could be a long time until you’ll see a bottle of Ikarian olive oil at your local store: Production is small and the locals have little to spare.

Ikaria, the legendary home of Icarus whose wings melted when he flew too near the sun, is home to 8,000 Greeks, many of whom live much longer than average. In fact, one in three Ikarians lives well into her 90s, and many here go on to become centenarians.

But not only do Ikarians live long, they also tend to be in more robust health and die naturally. Read more

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Olive Oil

The Benefits Of Olive Oil For Cholesterol Patients

The effectiveness of the Mediterranean diet isn’t really up for debate anymore—at this point, it’s more a question of how to tweak it, and home in on what the active ingredients are. (For example, the MIND diet is a science-based variant of the Mediterranean diet, developed purely from what the research has shown.)

Now, a new study looks at whether olive oil or nuts do more for cholesterol in people at high risk of heart disease, since both have been shown to have significant heart benefits in the past, and both contain healthy fats. The short answer is that olive oil seems to do more for cholesterol, but nuts are not without their own benefit. Read more

Benefits of Olive Oil for Hair

Olive oil is truly a powerhouse when it comes to hair, skin and beauty applications. Its rich, moisturizing properties make it ideal for use on your hair. While you may immediately think of olive oil for cooking, keeping a bottle of olive oil handy in your bathroom can help your hair look healthier, stronger and shinier. Whether you use it as your regular conditioner, a hot oil treatment or as a hair finishing product, your mane is bound to reap the many benefits of olive oil.

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History of Olive Oil in Ancient Greece

The olive tree reached ancient Greece in the Bronze Age, setting its roots at an ideal setting, perfect for the world’s finest crop of olives. Ancient Greeks used olives as their main source of fat instead of animal fat because they thought it was unhealthy, since the barbarians ate that way.

For the production of olive oil, ancient Greeks used stone presses and clay tubs to produce excellent quality olive oil, not too dissimilar to virgin olive oil produced today. Olives were first blanched in hot water, pressed, and the mixture of excess water and oil was poured into the tub for the oil to gradually come to the surface. The water was then drained off through a spout and a collecting “pithos” (a large storage jar) was placed in position when all that was left was olive oil.

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9 extra virgin olive oil benefits you never knew

There’s far more to extra virgin olive oil than meets the eye (and tastebuds).

Traditionally boasting low cholesterol, fewer instances of heart disease and very little obesity, the Mediterranean diet has always been defined by the liberal use of extra virgin olive oil. The average Greek consumes 20 litres a year, compared with just 2 litres per person in Australia, so what other secrets does this nectar of the gods contain? Read more