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Why Is Olive Oil So Popular?

Here at D’Olivo, our days in the shop revolve around olive oils. Whether it be educating customers on the health benefits, pairing them with our balsamic vinegars for excited tasters, or thinking up fun and creative ways to add them into our favorite dishes, we’re always thinking about this delightful product.

We recognize though that not everyone spends their days this way and in fact, understand that those who are new to the world of olive oil might be wondering what is the big deal.

If you find yourself in this boat let us tell you about our best friend (okay not really), but let us tell you why this oil has grown in popularity over the years.

It’s Healthy!

As we touched on briefly above, olive oil is one of the healthiest fats available on the market today. As the Mediterranean diet has grown in popularity as it has become clear that eating in this way is good for you, so too has the popularity of one of the Mediterranean staples – olive oil.

First, it has a high concentration of antioxidants which are known to help lower cholesterol which benefits overall heart health. Second, olive oil has been shown to aid in weight loss efforts, with participants in a 3-year study showing decreased weight gain. Finally, olive oil is high in oleic acid, a healthy monosaturated fat which has been shown to help reduce inflammation.

It’s Great for Your Skin and Hair

Olive oil, while used a lot in food, has other uses as well. This diverse oil can be used topically on the skin and hair and is a growing ingredient in cosmetic products available on the market. As an all-natural ingredient, it’s popularity in the beauty industry continues to rise as consumers look for ways to reduce exposure to chemicals See our full list of fun and creative ways to use olive oil here.

There Are Multiple Ways to Use It When Cooking

Of course, the primary use for olive oil is in cooking, and there is no shortage of ways to explore this oil. Due to its high smoke point, high quality olive oil is a great option no matter what type of dish you’re preparing. You can use it for frying, grilling, dressing or finishing any dish.

Try marinating vegetables and meats in olive oil and seasonings before cooking. If that’s not your favorite method, then try brushing the oils on during preparation. If all else fails simply finish your salads or main courses with oils before serving.

If you’re looking for great ideas on how to use olive oil, visit our recipe section.

They’re Delicious!

We might be a little biased here but olive oil, simply put is delicious. Especially our ultra-premium selection from Veronica Foods. We are proud to offer a wide selection of olive oils including over 25 flavored (both fused and infused) oils. Each oil pairs wonderfully with our selection of balsamic vinegars.

For a full experience, stop in to visit us at 10 E Main Street and you’ll truly get an opportunity to taste the difference.

We’re open Monday-Thursday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Fun and Creative Uses for Olive Oil

Olive oil is well known for its many and varied health benefits, however olive oil is extremely versatile and has many other uses around your house. Here’s a quick list of some additional ways to utilize your olive oil.

Makeup Remover –

yes, it’s true that olive oil is safe for use on the skin and hair. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate natural products into your daily routine, using olive oil as a makeup remover is a great place to start.

Treat Cradle Cap –

Olive oil is a wonderful scalp treatment for people of any age, and since it’s all natural it is also safe to use on even the smallest of children. If your baby is suffering from cradle cap, simply rub a little olive oil onto the scalp, let it sit for a few minutes, and then gently rub off the flakes.

Gum Remover –

did you recently step in gum, ruining your favorite pair of shoes? Do you have a child who has managed to get a piece of gum stuck in their hair? Don’t fear – you can use your handy olive oil from the cabinet. Simply soak a cloth in olive oil, wrap it around the hair or place it on the shoe and let it sit. The oil will begin to break down the gum and it should slide right off during removal.

Nourish Skin –

Olive oil is a great treatment for overly dry skin. While you can use plain olive oil for this purpose, we’d recommend shopping our selection of Olive Oil Skincare Products. Made with 100% saponified Extra Virgin Olive Oil. From hand creams to shampoo and conditioner we’ve got you covered. (https://dolivotastingbar.com/shop/)

Cuticle Treatment –

Are you suffering from cracked cuticles and looking for a quick treatment. Look no further than your cupboard. Rub some olive oil onto your cuticles and let it absorb. You can also add olive oil to warm water and allow your hands and feet to soak in the water.

Eliminate Hair Frizz –

winter can be a tough time for hair. It’s not uncommon during this time of year for hair to become dry and frizzy. If you are dealing with this we’d suggest using just a few drops of olive oil. Either use your finger and simply apply to the ends of your hair, or rub some onto a comb and run that through your hair to help reduce frizz.

Upgrade Bath Time –

as we mentioned above, olive oil is a great treatment for the skin. If you want to make bath time extra fancy, try adding olive oil to the mix. Your skin will thank you afterwards.

Cooking and Baking –

While all of the above are great ways to utilize olive oil in your daily life, our preferred use is still in the kitchen. Get inspired to cook with our selection of Ultra Premium olive oils and vinegars by looking through our online recipes we’ve got everything from soups and salads to sweet treats and entrees.

Olive Oil in Skincare

As the landscape of the beauty industry begins to shift and change, natural skincare has become a popular and ever-growing industry. There’s a growing sense that, because the skin is the body’s largest organ, that reducing or eliminating entirely the exposure to unnatural chemicals should be an essential part of leading a healthy life.

With this change in consumer attitude there has been a response from the beauty industry and natural beauty products that are free of parabens and chemicals are becoming easier to find on shelves. As part of this shift, we want to make note that olive oil based products can be a wonderful addition to a natural skincare routine.

What Does Olive Oil Do for Your Skin?

Olives and olive oil have long been staples of the Mediterranean diet. In recent years it has become popular internationally for its documented health benefits. While a majority of the studies done today focus on the consumption of olive oil there are features of the oil that may also benefit a person externally. Here are a few things that olive oil can do for your skin.

First, olive oil is filled with antioxidants that, when applied to skin, can help prevent damage and prevent signs of aging. Second, olive oil has a high content of both vitamins A and E which are thought to be beneficial for the skin and also may help prevent aging.

How to Use Olive Oil for Skin

1. Use it on the entire body – Olive oil can nourish your skin naturally making it an excellent choice for an all over body wash. The vitamins present in the olive oil should help hydrate your skin. It’s also thought that the natural oil might soothe skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. This body wash or any others from the Olive Oil Skin Care Company are excellent choices to start incorporating olive oil into your routine.

2. Cleanse Your Face – Using olive oil as a pre-cleanse for your face can serve a few purposes. First, it naturally hydrates the skin and can leave your face feeling nourished. Second, it can be an excellent makeup remover. If you’re not up for pure olive oil then check out an olive oil cleanser that incorporates lots of other great ingredients to help keep your face feeling healthy and clean.

3. Hair Treatment – All of the benefits that we’ve mentioned above are also great to treat your scalp. Use an olive oil based product to help nourish your skin and hair.

Of course, there are all kinds of additional ways that you can start to work olive oil products into your routing. From hand soaps and lotions to facial serums and cleansers, we source all our skin care products from the Olive Oil Skin Care Company which uses all-natural ingredients to create their lineup of products.

As a final part of the discussion on skincare, it’s important to know that a majority of the nutrition for your skin comes from what you eat on a regular basis. It’s important that if you’re suffering from chronic or severe skin issues that you consult with a doctor or dermatologist to identify any underlying issues that might be causing problems for you individually.