Queen Creek Olive Mill Blog

Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on Skin

Posted by Joey Rea on Dec 19, 2016 8:09:00 AM

Not only should extra virgin olive oil be a staple in your pantry, but also in your bathroom cabinet. That's right, I'm telling you to add it to your daily beauty routine.

For centuries, extra virgin olive oil has been used topically to relieve every day skin ailments. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties because it is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients. It hydrates the skin by building the skin’s moisture barrier to prevent loss of moisture.

Why Extra Virgin?

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Feed your Skin, Health & Quality

How to Taste Olive Oil

Posted by Sydney Rea on Oct 17, 2016 8:30:00 AM

There's an art to tasting olive oil. Much like wine, olive oil follows strict guidelines when it comes to tasting procedures. You didn't know this?! That's okay, we're going to teach you how to taste olive oil the right way. 

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, FAQs, Health & Quality

The Dos and Don'ts of Essential Oils

Posted by Joey Rea on Aug 29, 2016 2:23:56 PM

What are essential oils?  

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, traditional Chinese culture, Vedic Indian culture, and in the Roman Empire. The oils were used in different religious and ceremonial rituals symbolizing purification and used in healing therapies.

These oils  are highly concentrated aromatic extracts that come from various parts of a plant. These oils are most commonly steam distilled, but can also be expressed (cold pressed), percolated, extracted with a solvent, or extracted in a number of other ways. These potent oils are used in aromatherapy and often used in many other holistic healing modalities. But knowing how to use them properly is key in getting the most out of your oils..

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Feed your Skin, Health & Quality

Interview with Superstition Coffee

Posted by Colby Anter on Aug 15, 2016 1:48:59 PM

Question for you: Do you actually know where your coffee comes from? If you said 'the drive-thru window at Starbucks', you probably could learn a thing of two about that crucial Cup of Joe that jump starts your day. A lot goes into a good cuppa coffee..more than you think. 

The Mohrweis family owns Superstition Coffee, a boutique roastery located inside Queen Creek Olive Mill. Bill, Terri and their two sons have been roasting, brewing and pouring cups upon cups of delicious coffee to a loyal customer base (not to mention every employee at the Olive Mill) for four years.

We decided to sit down with owners, Bill & Terri Mohrweis, to find out what goes into each cup of Superstition Coffee and why it's so special. Read our interview with Superstition Coffee below:

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Topics: FAQs, Health & Quality

5 items to throw out, and replace with EVOO

Posted by Colby Anter on May 19, 2016 8:31:32 AM

Now, I know what you're thinking...Throw out? Why would I throw anything away for EVOO? Well, maybe not right away, but try replacing any (or all!) of these 5 items with EVOO and then tell me you don't want to make the switch. Think of it as a belated spring cleaning...

Here are 5 items to throw out, and replace with EVOO:

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Topics: EVOO 101, Health & Quality

Olive Oil Soap VS. Commercial Soap

Posted by Joey Rea on Mar 17, 2016 6:00:00 AM

It has been brought to my attention that many people are clueless when it comes to what's in a typical (or commercial) bar of soap. Yes, the soap you use to wash your hands, face and body multiple times a day. Soap's soap, right? Isn't it all the same? No.

I was taught at a young age the benefits of a natural soap and the detriments of a commercial soap. Olive oil soap (a natural soap) is an ancient form of cleansing, nourishing, and protecting the skin from external toxins. It has been used by the Egyptians, Grecians, and Romans to cleanse hair and skin and even to clean clothes. My family, thanks in large part to my mother, has been using olive oil soap for almost 20 years.

Below is a comparison between olive oil soap and commercially produced soap. The results are eye-opening and we feel the need to share with our readers. 

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Topics: Feed your Skin, Health & Quality

How to Shop for Olive Oil

Posted by Sydney Rea on Feb 19, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Shopping for olive oil has become somewhat challenging as of late. From the 60 Minutes 'Agromafia' special to fraud allegations of popular grocery store brands, it's hard to know who to believe anymore. To assist with this issue, we've compiled a list the top 5 tricks to help you determine whether or not the olive oil you're considering purchasing is the real deal. It's an easy test - you can do it standing right in the aisle of the grocery store.

Here are 5 things to look for when shopping for olive oil:

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, EVOO 101, Health & Quality

Health Benefits of Prickly Pear

Posted by Sydney Rea on Feb 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM


Why, you ask? Well...we're adding a new, delicious and super healthy Balsamic vinegar to our arsenal! We've combined the sweet nectar of the succulent desert prickly pear cactus with our White Balsamic Vinegar to create our new Prickly Pear Balsamic Vinegar

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Topics: Olive Mill Updates, Health & Quality

New Year's Resolution: Use More Olive Oil

Posted by Sydney Rea on Jan 1, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Good health - that's my resolution for 2017. Treating my body the way it should be treated, both inside and out...and I'm going to do that with olive oil.  Did you know there are countless ways to incorporate olive oil into your everyday life? If you're looking for a fresh start this new year, "just add olive oil" is going to be your mantra. Olive oil makes being healthy easy, fun and not to mention delicious. Not sure where to start?

Here are 10 healthy and easy ways to infuse olive oil into your daily routine:

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Topics: Recipes, Health & Quality

EVOO & Other Olive Oils

Posted by Sydney Rea on Aug 20, 2015 8:47:28 AM

Choices, Choices, Choices

There are SO many options when it come to purchasing your olive oil. Rows of olive oils labeled Extra Virgin, Pure, and Light stare back at you from the shelves at your local grocery store. You find yourself asking questions like: What's the difference? Why are some more expensive than others? Does light mean it's better for me?

The difference is in the process. Olive oils are set apart by the type of process used to extract the oil and the level of oleic acid found in the oil. There are set standards put in place by the International Olive Council (IOC) - that determines the classification of the oil and the name you see on the label. 

Here's the difference between EVOO & Other Olive Oils:

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Topics: EVOO 101, Health & Quality