50 Benefits of Olive Oil

Why We Think Olive Oil Rocks

Olive oil is a staple in some parts of the world, particularly the Mediterranean. And, after learning how versatile olive oil is, it’s no surprise as to why. Check out these 50 benefits of olive oil and then plan to add this super-powered ingredient to your menu this week.

Health Benefits of Olive Oil

1. May help lower total blood cholesterol

2. May help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol

3. May help lower triglycerides

4. May help reduce the risk of heart disease

5. May aid in the control of blood sugar

6. May reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes

7. May lower the risk of stroke

8. May reduce dental plaque build-up when used as a mouthwash

9. May improve bone health in post-menopausal women

10. May boost brain function and nervous system activity

11. May help control the growth of certain cancers that have already developed

12. Provides antioxidants, particularly vitamin E, which is believed to lower cancer risk

Uses for Olive Oil in the Kitchen

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13. Makes healthier salad dressings

14. Substitutes for vegetable oils

15. Conditions cutting boards

16. Seasons cast iron skillets

Beauty and Hygiene Olive Oil Benefits

17. Removes eye makeup

18. Soothes just-shaved skin

19. Conditions cuticles

20. Relieves chapped lips

21. Subs for shaving cream when you run out

22. Removes paint from hair

23. Cleans grease from hands

24. Moisturizes hair before shampooing

25. Controls fly-away hairs

26. Soothes cracked feet

27 Moisturizes skin irritated by eczema

28. Soothes a sore throat

29. Makes a moisturizing homemade soap

30. Makes a great massage oil

Olive Oil Benefits for New or Expectant Moms

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31. Moisturizes dry skin

32. Relieves chapped nipples

33. Softens a newborn’s skin

34. Helps relieve cradle cap

35. Soothes diaper rash

Other Uses for Olive Oil Around the Home

36. Use to make homemade bug spray

37. Removes sticker adhesive

38. Removes tar from clothing

39. Cleans brass

40. Unjams zippers

41. Lubricates hinges

42. Shines stainless steel

43. Polishes shoes

44. Moisturizes leather

45. Adds shine to rubber rain boots

46. Reconditions baseball mitts

Olive Oil Benefits for Pets

47. Delivers antioxidants

48. Improves coat

49. Relieves dry skin

50. Prevents hairballs

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