Monday, November 21, 2011

Uses for Olive Oil Part 1


Olive oil is one of the most useful natural products, and their health benefits have been proclaimed for centuries. You would not believe that such a humble fruit as so many uses, including its use in food, soap, to condition your hair, to cure cracked heels, the list goes on....

If you are interested in picking your own olives, you can view our article on how to pick your own olives, which includes information on how to pick from your trees, visiting the olive processing plant as well as how to cure your olives

If you would like to see the plant for yourself when you are on holiday in North Cyprus, then Cyprus Paradise run a very interesting tour to the Karpaz Peninsula on Fridays, which encompasses a trip to an olive oil factory, where you can see the machinery and also sample some of the products made with olive oil in North Cyprus. 

Over the coming days, we will explore some of the many uses for olive oil...

Olive Oil Conditioner

The best way to use olive oil on your hair, is to make a conditioner from it, which will leave your hair shiny, softer and more manageable.

You will need:

·         Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

·         Microwave

·         Shower Cap

·         Old Towel

For short to medium length hair, pour half a cup of olive oil into a bowl which is safe to use in a microwave. If you have long hair, you may want to use 1 cup of oil. Heat the oil in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds, or until the oil is warm. Next, place a towel over your shoulders to protect your clothes. Ensure that your hair is dry, then place a small amount of the oil into the palm of your hand and massage it gently into your hair. If you have a dry scalp, or dandruff, massage some of the oil into your scalp as well. If you have particularly oily hair, do not massage your scalp with the oil, as this could make the condition worse.