Health & Wellness
It’s a staple of the Mediterranean diet, but olive oil benefits go well beyond your heart. It’s packed full of anti-aging antioxidants, making it great for your hair, skin, nails and more.
Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis
Believe it or not, there’s a compound in olive oil—oleocanthal—that works similarly to ibuprofen. A study the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that olive oil can reduce inflammation, and could help control pain and inflammation for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
Of course, you should check with your doctor before changing your medication regimen.
Heal Cracked, Dry Lips
Forget store-bought lip balm. Take advantage of olive oil’s moisturizing properties and make your own at home. To heal seriously cracked or dry lips, make a paste by mixing olive oil and sugar. Rub it on your lips to gently exfoliate them.
To make it even more delicious, add peppermint to the mix!
Exfoliate Your Skin
That same olive oil and sugar scrub you made for your lips also works wonders on the rest of your body. Instead of using soap, rub the paste on your face during your morning shower. It works especially well during the winter, protecting your skin against the cold weather and dry indoor heat.