10 Surprising Uses for Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil has many benefits aside from its delicious taste. Discover the ways that olive oil can be great for health and beauty.
10 Surprising Uses for Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Elisa Morales Lupayante

Reviewed and approved by the pedagogue in physical education and nutritionist Elisa Morales Lupayante.

Last update: 28 July, 2022

Extra virgin olive oil sits in the kitchens of millions of people around the world who choose it for its pleasant flavor and utility. However, do you know all the benefits and uses of extra virgin olive oil? Olive oil isn’t just delicious, but it’s beneficial for your health, beauty, and home.

In this article, we want you to know how handy a little olive oil can be by sharing 10 of its most surprising uses.

Olive Oil Supports Weight Loss

Olive oil is a healthy type of fat that can help you lose weight.

One of the most important uses of extra virgin olive oil is that it helps boost your metabolism to burn fat while helping you feel full, according to this article published in the Spanish Journal of Public Health.

In the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is used as a dressing for salads, cooked vegetables, sauces, and even served with bread instead of butter.

Pain relief

Uses of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Thanks to its high content of oleocanthal, olive oil acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent that can reduce various types of aches and pains.

One study published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that regular consumption of olive oil can reduce inflammation associated with certain chronic disorders.

Prevent cognitive impairment

Uses of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The high monounsaturated fat content found in olive oil may help delay or prevent the onset of cognitive decline that has been linked to mental illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, according to this study done on lab mice. That being said, scientists haven’t found conclusive evidence and they need to do more research.

Prevent diabetes

An article published in Diabetes Care suggests that adding extra virgin olive oil to your diet could also help delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.

Olive oil helps balance your body’s insulin levels, therefore reducing your risk of suffering from high blood sugar levels.

Strengthen your immune system

Uses of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Your immune system is responsible for keeping your body free from disease and infections that cause colds and the flu. When your immune system is weakened, it’s more susceptible to various types of diseases.

A study from the University of Cantabria found that the antioxidants in extra virgin olive oil strengthen your immune system. What’s more, this amount of antioxidants is only found in olive oil.

Olive oil can soothe diaper rash

Olive oil is a natural, gentle, and safe ingredient that can soothe the symptoms of diaper rash. This ingredient relieves irritation and improves the health of the skin around the affected area.

It’s a Natural Moisturizer

Uses of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
In order to maintain healthy skin, it’s important to moisturize.

Olive oil is one of the amazing moisturizers that help preserve your skin’s elasticity, prevent premature aging, and protect it from sun damage.

  • To use it, just apply a few drops of olive oil on your skin. If you’d like, you can also combine it with your favorite essential oil.

Quit smoking

Olive oil can be a good tool for anyone who wants to quit smoking.

Consuming five drops of extra virgin olive oil every morning before breakfast helps combat the effects of nicotine in the body and reduces anxiety.

It Tames Frizzy Hair

Uses of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Curly hair can be quite a challenge when it comes to styling and smoothing it.

However, instead of using chemical products and gels to tame frizz and flyaways, try using some olive oil.

  • Pour a few drops into your hand and apply it to your hair to benefit from the beauty uses of extra virgin olive oil.

This product can also be used as a treatment for dry hair and scalp. This is because it hydrates, seals split ends, fights dandruff, and gives hair shine.

Help stop snoring

Eating olive oil can help reduce that annoying sleep habit that drives your partner crazy.

Try gargling extra virgin olive oil mixed with water every evening before you go to bed. This natural ingredient will lubricate your throat muscles and prevent snoring.

In conclusion

As you can see, olive oil has numerous benefits for your mind and body. Extra-virgin olive oil is the most beneficial because it is the most pure version.

Olive oil is high in calories, however, so don’t go overboard. Make sure you use it in moderation, especially if you are overweight.

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