Olive (Olea europaea) Maltese: Zebbug
Olive oil is known for its therapeutic properties. Very soothing in feel, it is very effective in curing several forms of diseases. Quite thick in consistency, Olive oil is usually greenish in color, though the shade may range from light to medium. It is rich in essential fatty acids vital for the human body. The oil helps a great deal in combating heart diseases. The external application of Olive oil is of great value in preventing the body from being dehydrated.
Using Olive oil at home.
Extra virgin olive oil can be used to make many homemade cosmetics. You can add it to bath water, use it as a shaving oil, mix it with sugar or salt to make an exfoliating scrub or just rub it directly on your skin, nails and cuticles as a moisturizer. For extra-dry feet or hands, rub on extra virgin olive oil just before going to bed, then cover feet or hands with cotton socks of gloves. Remove when you wake up for much softer skin.
Eye Makeup Remover
Just a drop or two of extra virgin olive oil on a cotton pad is all it takes to gently and effectively remove eye makeup without irritating the delicate skin around the eye area. The biggest added advantage is that when used consistently, olive oil can soften the skin around the eyes and smooth out wrinkles.
When used on hair and scalp, olive oil can be considered two products: a deep conditioner and a dandruff controller. After shampooing, massage a mixture of equal amounts of olive oil and water into your hair. Leave on for 5 minutes, then shampoo and rinse. Your scalp will benefit from healthy conditioning; your hair will respond with more shine and strength.
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