We believe in using olive oil because it is an awesome beneficial remedy for skincare. Olive oil comes from the fruit of olive trees, which are mainly grown in the Mediterranean. They produce an incredible fat that is high in oleic acid, with a balance of omega-6 fats and omega-3 fats, vitamin E and oleuropein, a powerful antioxidant. The ingestion and topical application of olive oil is good for skin and health. Grecians use olive oil for everything including, massage, preventive for sports injuries, to relieve muscle fatigue, and eliminate lactic acid buildup.
At my company, Abbey Brown, we use olive oil in every bar of soap. In fact, each bar is 58% olive oil. We want to share a few of our favorite olive oil recipes. I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to leave feedback!
Olive Oil in Haircare
We all know that olive oil makes a great salad dressing, a heart healthy cooking oil, and a drizzle over some hummus makes the perfect snack, but did you know that olive oil is also beneficial for you on the outside? When used in haircare, olive oil can strengthen, moisturize, and smooth your hair, preventing breakage, increasing shine, and stimulating flexibility.
So you don’t want to look, or smell, like you are massaging your scalp with cooking oil? No problem! Follow this recipe for a quick at home Conditioning Hair Treatment that smells great with the added benefits of essential oils.
¼ cup of Olive Oil
3-6 drops of essential oil
Dry hair? Try Lavender essential oil. “Normal” hair (whatever that means!), try Rosemary. If your hair is naturally oily, you might not find this treatment necessary, but an olive oil cleanse can be beneficial for even your hair type. Try a few drops of Lemon essential oil to balance out the oiliness of the olive oil. Not sure what hair type you have or does it seem to change? Rosemary essential oil is perfect for all hair types, and works great for scalp conditions and dandruff as well.
Use about two tablespoons of your scented olive oil on damp to wet hair. Start at the scalp, using massage to stimulate blood flow. Work through the roots and lastly through the ends of your hair. Leave on hair for at least 5 minutes, longer is better. Shampoo twice to remove oil. Still oily? Enjoy this extra hydration as the conditioning treatment continues to work, maybe a day or two, until washing out entirely! Everyone’s hair is different and more porous hair types might soak up the oil better than others.
Save the extra 2 tablespoons of oil in a small airtight container in the refrigerator and use within two weeks for a follow-up treatment.