5 Everyday Uses for Olive Oil
Over the years, olive oil has slowly but surely become my favorite household tool. Now I know what you're thinking, 'household tool?'... Let me explain. Don't get me wrong, olive oil will always and forever be my favorite kitchen ingredient, but I have found that it can be used for SO MUCH MORE than just that! I have listed 5 everyday uses for this liquid gold, check them out:
1. Eat It
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is, of course, best used for consumption, or at least in my opinion! Olive oil is delightful and enjoyable to eat because it always brings an awesome kick of flavor to any dish. Not only is it delicious, it's also one of the healthiest fats you can put in your body! It is my go-to oil for everything - sautéing veggies, grilling fish (or any kind of meat for that matter), frying eggs, baking treats, and drizzling over practically anything!
2. Moisturize With It
Olive oil is my beyond-favorite oil to use as a full body moisturizer! I love to use a high-polyphenol extra virgin olive oil like these from Olivespa, so I know I am putting the best quality oil on my skin and nourishing my pores with exactly what they are craving. Using olive oil as a moisturizer provides the skin with vitamins E and K, potent antioxidants called oleocanthals, it even provides anti-inflammatory benefits and can soothe symptoms of eczema and psoriasis!
3. Clean With It
EVOO can be a wonderful household cleaner, keep it in your broom closet and whip it out for things like removing stickers or tough price tags, polishing wooden furniture, cleaning the grill, polishing leather shoes, polishing stainless steel appliances...
I would also like to mention what a potent cleaner Castile soap it. It is an all natural soap made from oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, or a blend of these oils. It is extremely versatile and can be used in many different ways and can truly be an all-purpose household cleaner that can remove some of your toughest stains or grimiest surfaces.
4. Feed it to Your Pets
Your pets would LOVE if you drizzled a tablespoon of the good stuff on their food everyday! Not only would they enjoy it, they would also reap all of the benefits provided by extra virgin olive oil. This is a pretty creative way to get your pet some real good nourishment to keep them healthy and strong for a long time!
5. Clean Your Mouth With It
Have you heard of oil pulling? I'll tell you, I do it daily and my oral health is top notch! Oil pulling is an ancient Indian method of oral upkeep. You swish a cold-pressed oil around in your mouth from anywhere from 12-20 minutes, spit, rinse and then brush. In the last 4 years it has become a staple in my morning routine that I am so happy I started way back when. Since then, I have noticed my teeth are whiter than ever, my breath is fresher, my gums feel stronger and healthier, my tongue is in mint condition, and I don't get sick (sore throats and tonsillitis used to plague me) nearly as often as I did growing up!
We hope these tips make their way into your daily routine and that olive oil becomes your new go-to for just about anything!
Let us know how you are using olive oil in the comments below!