Friday, January 14, 2011

My Favorite Things: Olive Oil

This may seem like the strangest blog post ever, but I love Olive oil. Maybe it's because my last name comes from the Italian meaning someone who grows olives.
Olive oil has many important uses. It has many health benefits including preventing colon cancer and heart disease and lowering the incidence of gallstones. Extra Virgin olive oil, which comes from the first round of pressing also has high levels of antioxidants, Vitamin E, and fatty acids which are extremely important for healthy skin, hair and nails.

My List of Uses for Olive Oil
1. Salad dressing (with a little bit of balsamic vinegar YUM!)
2. Moisturizer
Pour some into your hands and massage onto your face and body. Let it soak in for about 5-
10 minutes and then wipe excess off with a napkin or rag.
3. Hair Treatment
When my hair gets dry and damaged I massage some into my hair and scalp. Let sit for
about 30 minutes, then shampoo and condition.
4. Eye Makeup Remover
Soak a q-tip or a cotton ball in olive oil and gently rub to remove any remaining eye
5. Cooking
So many uses for it in cooking! Use as a substitute for butter when cooking eggs or sauteing vegetables. Drizzle on pasta for a quick and easy sauce. The possibilities are endless.

Follow in the path of the Ancient Greeks and Romans and utilize olive oil!

Love, Anna

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