(NaturalNews) Olive oil has been a shining star in the natural health community for years; it has far more uses than salad dressings and pizza crust. But olive oil can be used in a variety of ways on the body and around the home too. Check out ten new ways to use olive oil below:
1. Deep Moisture for Dry Skin
Olive oil is one of the best kept secrets for supple skin. Apply in place of conventional lotion as a moisturizer, add a few tablespoons to a hot bath, or exfoliate with a mixture of olive oil and sugar.
2. Repair Damaged Hair
If your hair has been exposed to chlorinated water, perms, highlights, or daily heat exposure (from straighteners, curling irons or blow dryers), you might be noticing some unwanted frizziness and tangles galore. Saturate dry hair with warm olive oil and then wrap in a towel. Leave for 20 to 30 minutes and then shower as usual. Hair will be glossy and smooth when you`re all done. Recommended at least once per week for dry hair.
3. Soothe an Earache
Though it sounds unusual, olive oil is a great natural remedy for earaches. A dab of olive oil on a cotton swab is just right for dabbing outside of the ear cavity. Some alternative health professionals recommend a few drops of olive oil in the ear, but this should be done with great care.
4. Ease Nighttime Snoring and Coughing
A small sip of olive oil just before bed is the perfect trick for quelling any nighttime snoring or coughing. Olive oil acts as a natural lubricant and will ease a scratchy throat while you sleep.
5. Polish Your Furniture
Think olive oil is good for your skin? Well, it`s also good for natural wood furniture. Mix two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice for a simple and effective furniture polish. But keep in mind: a little of this polish goes a long way.
6. Polish Stainless Steel
Olive oil isn`t just for wood. A light layer can also buff stainless steel to a natural shine without resorting to chemical cleaners.
7. Quiet Those Squeaky Doors
Looking for a natural alternative to chemical lubricating sprays? Olive oil is the answer. Simply dab a cloth in olive oil, and coat all sides of the squeaky hinge. You may need to repeat this two or three times to completely get rid of the squeak.
8. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is the practice of slowly swishing oil in the mouth for at least several minutes. It`s known for improving dental health and aiding detoxification through the tissues in the mouth.
9. A Natural Shaving Cream
A little olive oil on the skin makes for an extra smooth shave without any of the chemical preservatives and fragrances in commercial shaving cream.
10. Oil Cleansing and Make Up Removal
Did you know you can cleanse the skin with nothing more than natural oil? Olive oil offers remarkable cleansing properties, removing dirt from deep down in the pores. Simply massage oil into your skin and then remove with a very warm washcloth. The oil will also remove any make-up (including eye make up!). Learn more about oil cleansing below:
Elizabeth Walling is a freelance writer specializing in health and family nutrition. She is a strong believer in natural living as a way to improve health and prevent modern disease. She enjoys thinking outside of the box and challenging common myths about health and wellness. You can visit her blog to learn more: www.livingthenourishedlife.com/2009/10/welco...