20 Great Uses for Olive Oil Outside the Kitchen
20 Great Uses for Olive Oil Outside the Kitchen

In addition to the healthy Mediterranean diet which is rich in olive oil, the ancient Greeks and Romans used to frequently use olive oil mixed with herbs to clean and moisturize the skin. Nowadays, it is common to see many cosmetic products made from olive oil such as lotions, shampoos, and soap. But there are many more uses for olive oil. Below learn some of olive oil’s great benefits along with a few ideas to try.

1. Lower Blood Pressure


Olive oil is known to lower blood pressure. Researchers recognize this fact, but have yet to be able to pin point exactly how it does so.

2. Reduce Risk of Stroke

Studies have indicated that an increased consumption of olive oil can significantly reduce the likelihood of suffering a stroke.

3. Tickle in the Throat

Consuming a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil can soothe your throat and prevent that tickle from making you cough. Wow, what a relief! 

4. Treatment of Constipation


Olive oil can also be used as a laxative. If you’re constipated, consume a couple of teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil. Be sure you’re using extra virgin. If you’re not into consuming it straight (although it can be very tasty), add a light dressing of extra virgin olive oil to a salad. The extra fiber of the greens may help too!

5. Treat sunburn

Mix equal parts of olive oil and water and apply to areas of the skin that have suffered minor sunburn. It not only alleviates the pain, it helps retain your skin’s moisture too.

6. Remove Paint from Skin

You know how hard it is to clean paint off your skin. Well, not anymore. Apply some olive oil and rub it into the paint to loosen it. Upon removing the oil, the paint will naturally come off as well.

7. Reduce Wrinkles

Olive oil contains vitamins E, K, A and D along with phenolic antioxidants and polyphenols. With such properties, olive oil can reduce wrinkles and prevent cell degeneration, or in other words, it slows down the way your skin ages. After washing your face, you can use a small amount of olive oil and gently massage the face. Then, using a hot towel, wipe your face clean.

8. Replace Baby Oil


A newborn baby’s skin is very delicate. Applying a small amount of olive oil to your baby’s skin can help protect it. It’s been recommended for diaper rash and baby acne. The effect is not only better than baby oil, it’s also more natural.

9. Keeping Skin Moisturized

Olive oil is rich in essential fatty acids. It’s easily absorbed maintaining healthy looking and moist skin. If your skin get a bit dry in winter, pour a little extra virgin olive oil in the palm of your hand, then evenly apply it to your skin.

10. Exfoliant 


Adding a little bit of salt or sugar with olive oil and gently massaging into your skin is effective for exfoliating. After applying, scrubbing, let it sit for a minute, then rinse off with cold water.

11. Hair Conditioner

Before shampooing your hair, gently massage some olive oil into your hair until fully absorbed. Wrap your hair with a hot towel and wait for 15 minutes. Then, wash your hair with shampoo. After shampooing, you can add a few more drops of olive oil to your hair while it’s still wet. You don’t need to use any additional conditioner.

12. Protect Against Radiation


Here’s an interesting one. Do you often use a computer at home? Actually, applying a small amount of olive oil to your face before using the computer can prevent your skin from being harmed by radiation.

13. Massage Oil


You don’t need any fancy or expensive oils for a massage. In fact, olive oil may be the oldest massage oil in the world.

14. Healthy Glow

By incorporating olive oil into your diet you can keep your skin looking healthy.

15. Make-Up Remover 

When removing makeup, add a few drops of olive oil on your fingers and gently massage into your skin. With soap, clean off the olive oil which, at the same time, will also take off the makeup. You’ll find your face feeling clean and moisturised.


16. Detangle Hair


All you have to do is add some olive oil to your hair then comb out the tangles, it’ll be much easier that way.

17. Bathing

Add roughly 1-2 tsp (5-10 ml) of olive oil to your bath, then gently stir to disperse the oil. An olive oil bath is very luxurious. Taking baths with olive oil over a period of time softens one’s skin.

18. Shaving

That’s right, you can use olive oil as well for shaving, and it’s completely natural. This is particularly helpful for those with sensitive skin.

19. Wood Polish 

After slightly dampening a soft cloth with olive oil, wipe it into your furniture for a nice polished finish. The oil will also keep the wood moist and last longer.

20. Shoe Polish


You may have run out of shoe polish, but don’t worry! Dampen a soft cloth with olive oil and wipe into your shoes as you would normally when polishing them.


  • Dave_Mowers

    Amazing! That had more valuable and useful information in 2 minutes of reading than the last 1,000 hours of “The Five” at Fox News. I need to email this to them so that next week we can hear how using olive oil is an Obama communist plot to destroy America.

  • jwoody12382

    The author forgot to mention that olive oil can be used as a sexual lube. It might burn a bit in the beginning, but after 15 minutes…it’s smooth sailing!!!


    Makes sex slick too.

  • elderlyfox

    Great promo BUT…

    Olives and olive oil, (whether virgin or not), are high in 3 allergens, phloridzin, chlorogenic acid and gallic acid. These 3 respectively inflame the pituatary and hypothalamus brain glands, and the pancreas. The 3 organs then degrade, the degraded parts circulate, and join up to form the cancer nucleus base, that essential to start and fuel ALL malignancies, with some other ‘players’ present. Clark. H R, PhD ND, 2007. (Dr Clark’s works are based on over half a million repeatable, so scientifically valid bio-resonance tests. The fact that mainstream medicine doesn’t ‘recognise’ the works of Dr Clark does NOT invalidate the science).

    The Mediterranean diet, low fat, heart healthy etc? NO such thing.In Italy they traditionally cook with goose fat, lard or butter depending on the region; in Greece they eat high sat-fat feta cheese daily; in Spain and Portugal eat much fatty beef and pork, and plenty of eggs; in France they cook with butter and cream, and eat much full fat cheese. (There is no French paradox that states that because the French drink red wine high in resveratrol, they have little heart disease, beacause high dietary cholesterol foods do NOT cause arterial narrowing in the first place, but, have many artery protecting properties).

    In my robust med-free state of 76, as an expert with over half a century in the Fitness and Health Industries, my olive/olive oil intake is ZERO.

    • 葉家伶

      Olive oil is very good.

      According to the International Olive Council :

      “The beneficial effect of olive oil consumption with regard to cardiovascular disease has been demonstrated in primary prevention, where it reduces the risk of developing the disease, and in secondary prevention, where it prevents recurrence after a first coronary event.

      At present, research is revealing the effectiveness of the Mediterranean diet in the prevention of secondary coronary events and the positive influence of olive oil on the depression associated with such events and on mood. These findings are very important in view of the high incidence of depression in the modern-day world and the great risk it poses in recurrent heart disease.”

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