So far, we’ve been covering, article by article, the benefits of olive oil. In this post, we will be aggregating all uses in a list, as well as respective scientific studies, so that they are all easily accessible.

 

Health Benefits

The most beneficial application of EVOO is in solving health issues and generally improving your wellbeing.

Olive Oil UseHow to BenefitScientific Evidence
Boosts TestosteoneIncrease dietary uptake: With Salads, Fish, and Bread, for example.Art of Manliness's 90 day experiment
Reduces CholesterolIncrease dietary uptake: With Salads, Fish, and Bread, for example.Butter increased total and LDL cholesterol compared with olive oil (2015)
Contributes to healthier skinUse Olive Oil as a massage oil and increase dietary uptakeProtective effect of topically applied olive oil against photocarcinogenesis following UVB exposure of mice (2000)
Olive Leaf's antibiotic propertiesConsume Olive Leaf supplements with mealsPhenolic compounds and antimicrobial activity of olive leaves. (2007)
Improves Male and Female FertilityIncrease dietary uptake: With Salads, Fish, and Bread, for example.Ameliorating effect of olive oil on fertility of male rats fed on genetically modified soya bean (2015)
Improves digestionIncrease dietary uptake: With Salads, Fish, and Bread, for example.Digestion and Absorption of Olive Oil (2004)
Eliminate Ear WaxHeat up some Olive Oil, put it in an eyedropper and apply a few drops in your ear.The effectiveness of topical preparations for the treatment of earwax: a systematic review (2004)
Treat Kidney StonesMix one cup of lemon juice with one cup of olive oilThe Association between a Mediterranean-Style Diet and Kidney Function in the Northern Manhattan Study Cohort

Uses in Beauty

A lot of beauty products include nasty chemicals and can be from unreliable sources. Olive Oil provides a good and safe alternative in many beauty applications. Here’s the uses we’ve covered thus far:

Olive Oil UseHow to BenefitScientific Evidence
Eliminates Dry and Brittle NailsDip your nails into olive oil for 2-3 minutes every night before you go to bedn/a
Healthier Shaving CreamApply Olive Oil in face before shavingEffect of olive and sunflower seed oil on the adult skin barrier: implications for neonatal skin care. (2013)
Reduces AcneMix a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of baking soda. After washing face with warm water, apply the mix to it. Massage in a circular motion and leave it soak in for 20 minutes. Wash off with hot water. Repeat daily.Topical use of olive oil preparation to prevent radiodermatitis: results of a prospective study in nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients (2015)
Strengthen HairUse as Pre-Shampoo. Apply to dry hair, cover hair with plastic cap and let sit for a minimum of 1 hour and up to 8 hours.28 DAY Study Of Olive Oil For Hair Growth
Treats celulite and sore musclesUse as Massage Oil, for deep friction massages.The use of deep friction massage with olive oil as a means of prevention and treatment of sports injuries in ancient times (2010)
Treats SunburnsOral ConsumptionEffect of oral olive oil on healing of 10–20% total body surface area burn wounds in hospitalized patients (2015)
Improves Eyebrow GrowthMassage a few drops of olive oil over your eyebrows every night for a monthn/a

Uses in Food

Olive Oil is a monounsaturated fat, which is hypothesized to be healthier than polyunsaturated fats. As such, its a great candidate for replacing butter, margarine and other oils in cooking. EVOO can in itself be used as a condiment or as a snack when dipped in bread.

Olive Oil UseHow To BenefitScientific Evidence
Healthier Alternative to make MayonnaiseCombine Olive Oil, Egg, Lemon, Dry Mustard and Salt to Make MayoButter increased total and LDL cholesterol compared with olive oil (2015)

 

Benefits for Pets

Humans aren’t the only ones to benefit from Olive Oil. Here’s how our four-legged friends can improve their health with EVOO:

Olive Oil UseHow to BenefitScientific Evidence
Helps with Weight LossAdd a third of a tablespoon of olive oil to your dog’s foodFeeding Your Canine Athlete (New York Times)
Improves Brain HealthAdd a third of a tablespoon of olive oil to your dog’s foodFeeding Your Canine Athlete (New York Times)

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And there it is, this is our list. If you have any suggestions for other applications of EVOO in health, beauty, food or any other use please let us know if the comment box!