Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Internal and External Benefits!

Extra virgin olive oil is so versatile it can be used internally or externally. It's one of the best all around go-to oils for so many things! Taken internally, it promotes better digestion, stimulates metabolism, and lubricates mucous membranes. Applied externally, it can be used for parched skin, brittle nails, or out of control hair!

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Internal and External Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Always make sure you buy cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. It’s the one with the most nutritional value! Cold pressing is a very slow process in which olive oil is extracted from olives. It is a healthier technique and gives you 100% olive oil with no additives. That's what makes it so much better for you!

One tablespoon of olive oil contains 14 grams of fat and 120 calories. The beneficial fat it contains is monounsaturated fat, which is rich in omega 3 fats. It is known to have a calming effect on blood cholesterol levels. In those Mediterranean countries (like Greece, Spain, or Italy)where olive oil is included in daily diets, there is a low incidence of cardiovascular disease.

The mild vegetable mucilage in olive oil helps protect your body's digestive tract. Ancient civilizations used olive oil to heal wounds. Today it is not only considered a good remedy for skin problems but is also an effective moisturizer. Olive oil benefits are simple yet extremely effective.


Olive oil contains 77 percent monounsaturated fatty acids, 9 percent polyunsaturated fatty acids, and 14 percent saturated fatty acids plus vegetable mucilage and Vitamin E.

Lowers Cholesterol

The Monosaturated fats in Extra Virgin Olive Oil help lower LDL, (bad), cholesterol without affecting the HDL, (good), levels.

You can take 1 tsp. twice daily to help lower your cholesterol levels. If you take too much olive oil at one time, you might actually raise levels.

Never take large amounts of olive oil right before taking a cholesterol test at your doctor’s office! Temporarily it will raise your cholesterol levels before lowering it, so it's not a good time to get it tested.

Helps Digestion and Constipation

Take 1 – 2 teaspoons of olive oil daily on an empty stomach to stimulate digestion and relieve an upset stomach, flatulence, and heartburn.

For constipation, take 1 – 2 tablespoons of olive oil on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. The better your body is able to get rid of waste products, the more weight you'll lose. You can also use olive oil as an enema. Use 1 tablespoon mixed with around 20 oz. boiling water, cooled to lukewarm, and mix together. The rest is up to you!

Antioxidant Benefits

Olive oil contains the antioxidant Vitamin E. In addition, monounsaturated fatty acids are less easily damaged by oxygen than other types of fat. They are therefore less likely to produce free radicals, which damage cell membranes and can cause cancer.

Moisturizing Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil applied to the skin, hair, and nails, and is an excellent way to moisturize everything.

To moisturize the skin, apply olive oil to dry areas or stretch marks. You will love how soft and supple your skin feels!

Julia Roberts image Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil to build strong fingernails and soften cuticles. Julie Roberts soaks her nails in olive oil once a week so she obviously knows the value of the golden oil.

Not only does it moisturize the nail bed, it also softens the cuticles. This makes them much easier to safely push back off your nails with an orange stick. You can also rub a teaspoon or two of olive oil on your hands and nails, then put gloves on. Wear them overnight.

Gradually you’ll notice a big difference in the strength of your nails. (and softness of your hands:o) They will become much more resistant to cracking, breaking, chipping, or tearing. Its just like magic!

Apply a generous amount of olive oil on your hair and leave on through the night. Wear a cap if you can, or wrap your hair in a secure towel so you don’t mess up the sheets or pillowcases. Shampoo as usual the next day and condition if necessary. Your hair might be flat or limp for a day or so, but the benefits outweigh the inconvenience. It really leaves your hair silky and smooth, which is awesome!

I’ve also read that olive oil, applied to the scalp can help prevent hair loss. For the most perks, cover your scalp with oil and massage (gently) into your scalp for at least 8 days. Let it go to work on your scalp overnight and shampoo and condition in the morning. Repeat periodically as necessary. I don’t know if this is exactly true or not but hey, its worth a shot! It most certainly will moisturize your scalp and should help prevent dandruff, which nobody likes having.

Benefits for Ear Infections

Lukewarm olive oil can be used to treat ear infections or earaches. Place a few drops of warm olive oil in your ear and lie down for 5 minutes on the opposite side. Allow the olive oil to saturate your inner ear. You may not be able to hear during this time, so don't be alarmed. Also be sure kids and other house members know what you're doing so they don't startle you. Turn over and allow the olive oil to flow out of your ear. For earaches, soak a cotton ball in olive oil. Place it loosely in your outer ear until the pain dissipates.

Fat Levels Found in Various Oils

Type of Oil Monunsaturated Polyunsaturated Saturated
Canola 58.9 29.6 7.1
Coconut 5.8 1.8 86.5
Corn 12.7 58.7 24.2
Flaxseed 22 74 4
Grapeseed 16.1 69.9 8.1
Olive 77 8.4 13.5
Palm 37 9.3 49.3
Peanut 46.2 32 16.9
Safflower 12.6 73.4 9.6
Sesame 39.7 41.7 14.2
Soybean 23.3 41.7 14.4

You can easily see how wonderful and beneficial extra virgin olive oil really is! If you want to get the most health benefits from using it, always select expeller pressed oils.

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