benefits of olive oil

Olive Oil Is Not Just For Cooking Anymore

Olive Oil Is Not Just For Cooking Anymore

Here are 10 great home remedies that olive oil is good for.

When olive oil comes up in a conversation most people think of Italian cooking or salad dressing or something that has to do with recipes. Most of us do not know that olive oil can be used for other things around the home.


Soaking your hands in a mixture of olive oil and water is great for your fingernails. If you don’t have time to soak your nails then after a hot shower take a q-tip and rub some olive oil to your cuticle to keep your nails moisturized.

Removing makeup

Take a cotton ball or q-tip and dip it into olive oil and dab under your eyes, your face and forehead to remove makeup. Then wipe your face with a damp warm cloth.

Olive oil for shaving

A great natural shaving lubricant is olive oil. Olive oil will help the razor glide over your skin and if you’re like me where you get skin irritation shaving the olive oil will help in preventing this irritation from showing up.

Hair Treatment

I suffer with dry scalp most of the year, I found that olive oil is a great remedy for my dry flaky scalp. I warm a half cup or olive oil and apply the oil to my hair and comb in. This can be messy so be careful. I will let this set in on my scalp for about 45 – 60 minutes and then shampoo with a gentle shampoo.

Cat Hair Ball

A good remedy for helping your cat to deal with hair balls is to add a teaspoon of olive oil to your cat’s food. By doing this it will help your cat to have a shiny fur coat.

Help to remove paint

When I paint my home I usually get paint all over my hands, legs, arms and hair. I guess you could say I am a messy painter. When paint dries on your skin or finger nails it can be very difficult to remove. Apply olive oil onto your skin, nails or hair and let it soak in for a few minutes then rinse with soap and water.

Tickle in the throat

To stop a tickle that is making you cough take a sip of olive oil and it will sooth the throat and take away the tickle.


An old home remedy to an earache that my mother use to use is soak a cotton ball with warm olive oil and carefully dab the outside of my ear while laying my head on a pillow laying on the opposite ear.

Dry winter lips

Mix together a 1:1 ratio of beeswax and olive oil and apply to your dry chapped lips. Especially in the winter lips tend to dry out fast, this is one of the best remedies that I have found.

Leather conditioner

For leather shoes, baseball gloves and etc. rubbing olive oil on the leather is a great conditioner for helping preserve the leather.

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Posted by Tom in Urban Homesteader