Since the time of Hippocrates, olive oil was famous for its many healing characteristics, particularly in skin diseases. In ancient times, moreover, that were not use soap for personal hygiene, people rubbed their hair and body with olive oil to clean, fragrance and make them softer. They had also anointed some of their clothes to donate their sheen.
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin E and polyphenols, and chlorophyll (especially the virgin olive oil). Moreover, contains other important active ingredients, such high rates of vitamin K, and trace elements such as sodium and potassium, which are beneficial for the skin. It also contains iron, which makes hair, strong and healthy.
The chlorophyll contained in the olive oil, due to the increased antioxidant substances, has greater strength and stability to light, compared with other types of oils. If, then, spread olive oil on skin and hair, will avail, protect mainly from dryness and improve their texture. Due to antioxidant activity, that polyphenols and vitamin E have, the skin is being protected from premature aging, as the damaging free radicals have been “fought”. Olive oil keeps its nutritional value, therefore it is best consumed raw in salads and meals. This is important first of all for health reasons (e.g. as olive oil has antioxidant activity in the body cells, the monounsaturated fatty acids that contains in a high volume, help to decrease “bad” cholesterol and increase “good”, so systematically removes the risk of heart disease, etc.)
- Rich in Monounsaturated Fats
- Healthy balance of Omega 3 fats and Omega 6 fats
- Can lower blood sugar levels
- Can lower blood pressure
- Can lower cholesterol levels
- Used as a moisturizer for sensitive skin
Facts about Olive Oil
Olive trees are native to the Mediterranean where they have grown and bore fruit for thousands of years
Olive oil is technically a fruit juice and the olives are pressed much like an orange or lemon.
There are hundreds of olive varieties, 250 of those varieties are grown in Greece alone. In fact Mediterranean Area produces 75 per cent of the world’s olive oil.
People who live in the Mediterranean, whose main source of fat is olive oil, have the lowest mortality rates in the world from cardiovascular disease.
In ancient Greece, women used olive oil on their skin as a moisturizer; it continues to be used in many skin care products today.
Olive oil is high in the healthy monounsaturated fats.
Olive oil can be stored for more than two years, if kept in a cool, dark place – longer than any other edible oil.
It takes an olive tree upwards to eight years to mature and bear fruit.
Olive oil contains no cholesterol, studies have shown it actually reduces cholesterol.
Olive oil has a wide range of flavours from smooth, mild and buttery to spicy, peppery and pungent.
Due to its antioxidant activity, regenerative and softening properties, known since antiquity, olive (olea europaea) holds a special place among the natural cosmetic substances.