The Olive Oil and Health
Wonderful, nourishing and delicious, produced by squeezing the olive tree fruit, olive oil has a widespread use. In cooking – it is a healthy ingredient of salads and numerous other dishes, especially within the Mediterranean cuisine. It is also used in cosmetics industry, medicine and in various recipes for making “homemade preparations” for face, body and hair care.
The positive effects of this oil on our health have been known for centuries, in traditional as well as official medicine. Because of the high content of unsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants, it has long been recognized as a worthy dietary product. Also, people allergic or hypersensitive to artificially obtained substances present in cosmetic products can use it safely.
Olive oil is very useful in treating eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and problems of very dry skin. Because it nourishes and invigorates, restores moisture and protects skin and hair, which is especially important during the cold weather when the wind and dryness of air create additional difficulties, we can find it as an ingredient of face crèmes, baths, soaps, shampoos, massage oils, etc.
In nutrition, olive oil is proven to be efficient in reducing the risk of tumours, for cleansing the body, against gastric and intestinal inflammation, and also as a means of dealing with various types of bacteria, in fight against bowel constipation caused by prolonged sitting and stress (one to two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, preferably homemade, in the morning on an empty stomach will help with this problem). Also it balances the level of blood cholesterol and protects the heart and blood vessels, reduces the pain from rheumatoid arthritis and acts positively on preservation of bone and joints heath. Generally, because of its specific content and the fact that it is rich in vitamins A, E, beta-carotene and polyphenols, olive oil is the basis of every healthy nutritional lifestyle.
Add olive oil to all the salads you prepare, substitute with it, from time to time, the sunflower oil or other oil you use for frying, and prepare fish, meat or vegetables in a healthier way. Soak your hands that have become rough from dish washing into a bath of mildly warmed olive oil and a hint of lemon juice and heal your cuticles and your dry skin. Before every meal, eat a couple of green olives (be careful not to overdo it, olives are a high calorie food), make a marinade out of olive oil and some of the seasonal veggies, pour over goat cheese and enjoy the taste! Treat your face, hair or body to a product containing olive oil, or make your own one. For example, make a divine hair treatment from squeezed avocado, egg yolk and olive oil, massage your tired feet with a mixture of lavender and olive oil or take your grandma’s advice and next time rub your skin with olive oil before and after sunbathing.
There are endless possibilities, and the soothing effect of olive oil on your body will soon show – you will be healthier, and therefore more satisfied and more beautiful.