Many of us have olive oil in our kitchen cabinets, but there are plenty of other things that you can do with it besides making salad dressing. After some experimentation, I’ve found several ways to use this versatile product.
Hot Oil Treatment
Having super dry hair, I am always on the quest for moisturizing products and treatments. After spending money on expensive hot oil treatments, I decided to do my own with fabulous results.
What you need: Olive oil, plastic hair cap, blow dryer.
Wash hair thoroughly.
Saturate wet hair with olive oil. The amount of oil you use will depend on the length and texture of your hair.
Cover hair with plastic cap.
Use blow dryer to heat covered hair for five to ten minutes. (This can be a bit tedious, so standing in a steam shower or lying in front of a heating vent are alternatives.)
Rinse hair with warm water.
Depending on how dry your hair is, you might want to leave a bit of the olive oil in your hair before drying.
Style as usual.
Results: shiny, moisturized hair
Olive oil combined with another common household item makes a great body scrub.
What you need: olive oil, salt
Start with 1/3 cup of salt. (You can use more less salt depending on the area of your body that you want to exfoliate.) Kosher salt is the best because the granules are lager, but regular table salt works just fine.
Add drops of olive oil to the salt until the mixture is of a pasty consistency. (Too much oil will cause the salt granules to dissolve. If you accidentally add too much oil then just add more salt.)
Use this mixture as a body scrub to exfoliate skin all over. One of the good things is that after rinsing off, the olive oil leaves your skin smooth and soft. (Particularly helpful in the winter when skin is extra dry.)
If you have dry skin on your face you can make this same exfoliant using sugar instead of salt. The skin on the face is more delicate and sugar granules are smaller and less coarse than salt. (For those with oily skin, sugar and a little a little water makes a great face exfoliator, although the sugar dissolves faster in water.)
Quick Nail Drying/Cuticle Moisturizer
After applying nail polish, most women don’t have time to sit down and do nothing while the polish dries like they did when they were twelve. For women on the go, olive oil is a cheap topcoat dryer.
What you need: nail polish, olive oil
Before painting your nails, put some olive oil on a dish or in a small container.
Paint nails and after finishing the last coat, dip your index finger in the olive oil and gently brush is over each nail. The topcoat will become dry and less susceptible to damage. This doesn’t mean that you can immediately bang your nails into things with no damage whatsoever. You still have to wait for the polish to completely dry underneath, but this cuts down on the drying time. When the polish is completely dry, excess oil on your fingers can be rubbed in to moisturize the cuticles.
Other random things that I’ve used olive oil for:
Bath oil- poured olive oil into bath while water was running to moisturize skin.
Makeup remover-when I needed a natural alternative to chemical eye makeup removers that burned my eyes.
General skin moisturizer-used for my super dry skin when lotion just wasn’t doing it.
Lip balm-great when I misplace one of the million Lip Smackers that I have lying around my house.
Sources: Personal experience.