10 Ancient Uses of Olive Oil
1) To bathe a newborn and soothe a new mother
Bathing a newborn baby in olive oil calms the baby and cleans the baby’s delicate skin gently. A new mother can also use olive oil to ease pain, such as skin irritation from breast feeding.
2) As a morning beverage
Some olive farmers drink a bottle of olive oil every morning. Many live a long life. Drinking one spoonful of olive oil every morning can soothe the stomach. Swishing it in the mouth for a few minutes can improve dental health.
3) To nourish hair
For dry and damaged hair, wet it a little, apply olive oil, cover it with a shower cap and stay in a hot shower for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash out the oil. This treatment is recommended weekly.
4) As a cleanser and makeup remover
The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans had no soap. They massaged olive oil into their skin, then scraped it back off, along with dirt and dead skin.
Olive oil can serve as a face wash and eye makeup remover if massaged over the face and wiped away.
5) As a skin moisturizer
Gently rub olive oil on dry skin areas, including hands, body, and feet. It works better than most lotions.
6) To polish furniture
Use a cloth dampened with olive oil and apply the oil to wood furniture to clean it and make it shine.
7) As lamp oil
In ancient times, olive oil was used in lamps. It has a pleasant, sweet scent when burned, and it is the cleanest oil for lamps.
8) To clean leather
Olive oil can clean and waterproof leather coats, boots, belts, et cetera.
9) To shine dinnerware
Olive oil can be used to shine brass utensils and silverware.
10) As bath oil
A little olive oil in the bath is like a spa treatment, leaving skin silky and fresh.