Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cold Pressed Olive Oil, Best of the Best!

The ability to use one product for multiple purposes is the most important factor when making the best product choices for my hair.  Like my previous post about black soap, extra virgin olive oil is another all natural product where its benefits are abundant.

There are four different types of olive oil.  Extra Virgin is the most pure and least acidic from the others. Bottles that state “cold press” on the label are best. If it’s not cold-pressed, the heat from the extraction process changes the chemistry and quality of the olive oil. Cold pressed olive oil can be considered premium olive oil. Cold pressed means that this oil is only the result of the first press where the olive paste is gently warmed to reach room temperature. Virgin olive oil isn't blended with other oils but has a higher acidity.  Pure olive oil or olive oil is a blend of refined pomace oil and virgin olive oil. Pomace is produced by processing the leftovers of the virgin olive oil extraction. The blend (which usually contains as little as 5 to 10 percent virgin olive oil).
Light olive oil means the oil is made from refined olive oil. Bottles labeled “100 percent pure olive oil” are often the lowest quality. [source]

 Olive oil is one of the most commonly used oils in natural hair care. In researching, I found it is the go-to oil for natural all around beautification.  Cold pressed olive oil works as an emollient, which means it soothes and softens.  It is a fantastic aid for any condition associated with dry skin and can be used both topically and internally to combat dry skin. Vitamin E, beta-carotene (vitamin A),  pigments (why it darkens hair over time and prevents premature gray), terpenic acids, flavonoids (luteolin, quercetin, squalene), and phenolic compounds (oleuropein, tyrosol) are all found in olive oil.
I also read this: 

It is a fact that extra virgin olive oil accounts for less than 10% of oil in many producing countries….so it doesn’t take a genius to know that most of what you are buying at the grocery store is not really extra virgin! These days, anyone can print a label that says anything on it.
Online articles can educate us in an instant, but the Internet is also notorious for posting un-truths with no responsibility or traceability to the author. So here it is: I am the author. Niki Tsourounakis. Hold me accountable if you like. I am responsible for Vlatos Premium Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I can guarantee you this olive oil is everything that the label states.
[source]  Also, [where to purchase/find]

I always purchase store bought organic extra virgin olive oil and have never checked for "cold pressed" to be listed on the label.  I ran out of olive oil recently and have been using the end of my oil mix which I'm down to my last 2 oz.  I will be shopping for some today, happy to know that at least now when I shop for olive oil...I know the cold pressed truth!

Benefits of Olive Oil for Hair 
  • most effective way to treat hair fall in a natural manner.
  • an effective treatment for curing all problems pertaining your scalp and hair.
  • containing hair fall permanently and promoting hair growth in a speedier manner.
  • in certain cases the benefits of olive oil for hair growth include complete stoppage with regards to the production of the DTH hormone (responsible for male/female pattern baldness) in the human scalp.
  • gets rid of all harmful chemicals that have been deposited on your scalp, permitting the growth of thick and black hair.
  • contains natural disinfectants, which in turn remove all possible impurities from the scalp area and make your scalp free from infections.
  •  fights severe scalp infections such as hair lice and dandruff.
  • consistent scalp massages using olive oil are extremely beneficial for growth.  You may add other oils and/or essentials like I do to your oil massage mix or use olive oil all by itself.  The best way to massage your scalp with olive oil is to dip your fingers into a bowl with your oil mix in it, moving your fingers tips in a downward circular motion. 
 Do~It~Yourself Olive Oil Recipe
Keep in  mind you can add olive oil to your already existing store bought products as well to boost the products benefits!

 For hair:
Whisk up 5 tablespoons of olive oil – it doesn't matter which sort – with 2 full eggs. Massage thoroughly into your hair and then cover it with plastic wrap or a shower hat. Your body heat will help the oil to penetrate. Leave for a minimum of 30 minutes and then shampoo out, rinsing well. (I've used this one a few times and loved it...great protein boost)

For skin:
Apply olive oil directly after showering/bathing while skin is wet instead of using lotion.  Store in small container to use as need with your larger bottle in a cupboard as olive oil loses it beneficial if not stored in dark glass at room temperature.

For nails:

 To help build strong fingernails and soften cuticles, soak your nails every night in a mixture of 3 parts lukewarm olive oil to 1 part freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Put on cloth gloves (or terry cloth socks) leave on overnight. Your nails will gradually become more resistant to breaking, splitting and chipping.

 (photos are my personal results after using for 10 days starting off with no nails at all).


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