Liquid gold running through Greeks veins
|Olives harvested awaiting pressing.|
|The historic site of Mycenae|
|Karen samples local olives whilst discussing Mark and Maree's olive grove, |
located above the beautiful coastal town of Ermioni.
|What is the best Olive Oil. Photo by news.com|
- To bathe a newborn and soothe a new mother. Bathing a newborn baby in olive oil calms the baby and cleans the baby’s delicate skin gently. A new mother can also use olive oil to ease pain, such as skin irritation from breast feeding.
- As a morning beverage. Some olive farmers drink a bottle of olive oil every morning. Many live a long life. Drinking one spoonful of olive oil every morning can soothe the stomach. Swishing it in the mouth for a few minutes can improve dental health.
- To nourish hair. For dry and damaged hair, wet it a little, apply olive oil, cover it with a shower cap and stay in a hot shower for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash out the oil. This treatment is recommended weekly.
- As a cleanser and makeup remover. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans had no soap. They massaged olive oil into their skin, then scraped it back off, along with dirt and dead skin. Olive oil can serve as a face wash and eye makeup remover if massaged over the face and wiped away.
- As a skin moisturiser. Gently rub olive oil on dry skin areas, including hands, body, and feet. It works better than most lotions.
- To polish furniture. Use a cloth dampened with olive oil and apply the oil to wood furniture to clean it and make it shine.
- As lamp oil. In ancient times, olive oil was used in lamps. It has a pleasant, sweet scent when burned, and it is the cleanest oil for lamps.
- To clean leather. Olive oil can clean and waterproof leather coats, boots, belts, et cetera.
- To shine dinnerware. Olive oil can be used to shine brass utensils and silverware.
- As bath oil. A little olive oil in the bath is like a spa treatment, leaving skin silky and fresh.
- The phytonutrient in olive oil, oleocanthal, mimics the effect of ibuprofen in reducing inflammation, which can decrease the risk of breast cancer and its recurrence. Squalene and lignans are among the other olive oil components being studied for their possible effects on cancer.
- Older individuals who consume olive oil daily may be able to protect themselves from a stroke, according to a new study from France published in the online issue of Neurology.
- A diet rich in olive oil may actually be able to slow down the ageing of the heart.
- Olive oil supplementation was found to positively affect the thickness of bones. Olive oil will not be the only solution in the continuing fight against postmenopausal osteoporosis, however scientists have concluded that it is a very promising candidate for future treatments of the disease.
- A study published in the scientific journal Diabetes Care showed that a Mediterranean style diet rich in olive oil reduced the risk of type II diabetes by almost 50 percent compared to a low fat diet. Type II diabetes is the most common and preventable form of diabetes.
If you would rather not drink a glass a day, try it next time on your favourite dish. It would be worth it to try if we could all live a long and healthy life.
Olive Oil Ice Cream
MAKES ABOUT 3½ CUPS
1 3/4 cups whole milk
¼ cup heavy cream
¼ tsp kosher salt
½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar
4 large egg yolks
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Lets get Cooking