Monday, October 22, 2007

Olive Oil: The All-Purpose Remedy

Good Morning ALL, I received an email from new reader Mya (hey girl) suggesting that I discuss using Olive Oil instead of shaving cream. She was told about it years ago and then recently read about it in In Touch Magazine so she decided to try it and LOVED it!!! So.....I decided to do some research of my own.

Friday night, I got home and prepared for my "research". I had to climb on the counter to reach the Olive Oil (you can tell I don't cook often and poor Trudi got ALL excited cause she thought I was in the kitchen to cook her a mean, lol) which was much more work than I anticipated. Once the Olive Oil was reached, I proceeded to the bathroom. (which confused Trudi even more) After my 30 min shower of washing, exfoliating, and washing again with a moisturizing body wash I exited the hot shower and prepared for my shave. (I read online that you should do it after the shower, while the skin is still wet) I applied the Olive Oil and instantly thought, "this really could smell better"! lol I shaved ALL over (yes ladies, ALL over) and as stated on-line, I wiped the areas down and rubbed the remaining oil into my skin for extra moisture. I must say that I was smooth, EXTRA smooth

Here some Olive Oil Facts: Olive oil is one of those magical substances that is good for almost everything--your diet, your skin, your hands and nails, and your hair. Prized for its cosmetic uses since ancient times, olive oil is relatively inexpensive and can be purchased in most grocery stores.

Use extra virgin, as brands labeled "pure" and "light" have been chemically processed. You may find you love this elixir enough to buy an attractive storage bottle so you can keep it in the bathroom rather than dragging the big container out of the kitchen every night. And if you don't like the smell, you can always mix it with a little of your favorite hand, body, or hair products.

Cuticles and Nails
For ragged cuticles and brittle nails, soak your nails in a small bowl of warm olive oil (add a squeeze of lemon for a nicer scent). A few minutes' dunking can help brittle nails become more resilient and soften cuticles so you can safely push them back.

For brittle or overprocessed hair, try rinsing your hair after a shampoo with a solution of olive oil and egg (one beaten egg with 1/2 to 3/4 cup of olive oil) and leaving it on 30-45 minutes, covered with a plastic cap.

To help thicken hair, try soaking your locks in 1/2 to 3/4 cup of warm olive oil and wrapping them in a towel for 30 minutes.

Add a few tablespoons of olive oil to your bath water to soften skin. Essential oils, such as lavender or jasmine will provide a touch of fragrance to your soak.

To heal dry feet, rub them with olive oil, then put on a pair of socks at bedtime and leave them on overnight.

Makeup Remover
Dab a little olive oil on a cotton swab or tissue to remove makeup. It's good as any drugstore brand at removing mascara.

Until tomorrow - ENJOY YOUR OLIVE OIL!!!!!


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