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Olive oil is healthy and has a cleaning effect

  1. It is well known that olive oil is a product that is frequently used in Mediterranean cuisine. However, the oil has properties that may be less known but are very effective. Anyone who often visits southern countries knows better than anyone how wonderful the olive oil soap smells. The options for cleaning your dirty hands with olive oil are known to the locals but we are amazed when we try this. For example, stains from lubricating oil or resin can be easily removed with olive oil.

History of the olive tree

  1. The ancient Greeks already used olives and the olive tree has played a role throughout history. This tree is one of the oldest cultivated crops on earth. The Bible speaks of the "Garden of Olives". As often as in the kitchen, the oil was used for medicinal purposes. Writings of ancient physicians therefore mention the use of olive oil in the care and cure of illnesses. The olive tree has been part of the culture of the countries around the Mediterranean, Asia Minor and North Africa for 6000 years. There are about 20 types of olive trees. They can become very old. In Greece there are still trees that are 2000 years old. They generally reach a height of between ten and sixteen meters and the trunk gets darker, warmer and more gnarled every year. The leaves always remain green. The tree likes a dry and warm to very warm climate, but can also tolerate temperatures of around freezing point in winter, provided this does not last too long. Prolonged heat and severe drought will not damage the tree.

The olive tree in our life

  1. Experts say it takes three generations for an olive tree to be useful. Grandfather plants a sapling, father takes care of it and prunes it, and the son harvests the olives and presses the oil. In the first five years the tree grows without fruit, between the seventh and twentieth year the tree grows further and develops the first fruits. After about 30 years, the tree is fully developed and yields an average of 40 kilos of olives per tree. We may therefore treat the fruits and the oil with respect. In Spain, the olives are harvested by stringing large nets under the trees and then beating the olives with sticks. This seems simple, but it is not. It requires a special technique.

Preparation of the oil

  1. After harvesting, the olives go into the oil mill after about 4 or 5 days. Here they are washed. Then they are crushed to a paste in a large trough with rotating natural stones for half an hour at 25 to 30 degrees. This slurry is then hydraulically pressed and this must be done at low temperatures that should not exceed human body temperature. Thus all beneficial powers are preserved.

Brands of olive oil

  1. In the Netherlands, the olive oil Bertolli is widely used. Especially the extra virgin is delicious over salads, but it may be expensive for household cleaning purposes. That is why a bottle of olive oil from the Aldi brand is a very good alternative for home, garden and kitchen use. There are also good Spanish brands of olive oil for sale.

Effect of olive oil in body care

  1. Olive oil was previously used for medical purposes in skin and hair care. Olive oil contains vitamin E which serves for cell protection and has a disinfecting and medicinal effect. Ointment was also made from the oil. The story goes that Empress Sissi regularly took a bath with olive oil. She did this as warmly as possible and thought she could maintain her good figure. A facial wash with pure olive oil cleans and cares for the skin immediately. While the oil is gently massaged into the skin, it absorbs the dirt and dust particles. You can also put rose petals and olive oil in a dark pot. This can be infused for a week and then seven. You can use this rose oil in the bath water or to take care of your body.

Hands and feet

  1. After a long walk, it is very beneficial to take a warm foot bath and then massage with olive oil mixed with a little lemon juice. Regularly dip your hands in a warm bath with some olive oil. Your nails and especially the cuticles will then be soft and supple again. To get shiny and full hair, you can make a mixture of olive oil with lemon juice and a shot glass of beer. Some also add an egg yolk. Then rinse well with lukewarm water.

Dental care

  1. To get white teeth again and to remove deposits from coffee, tea and wine, you can smear a little olive oil on the teeth. Then rinse.

Flush oil

  1. In the morning but also in the evening you can take a sip of olive oil and let it go back and forth between the teeth. Rinse the entire oral cavity in this way, spit out and repeat. This removes harmful substances and bacteria from the mouth. Olive oil can also be used for complaints such as earaches. Making a few drops lukewarm and letting it run into the ear may help. In case of stomach pain one can take a spoonful of olive oil and then a glass of lukewarm water with a few drops of lemon juice. drink. This gives relief.


  1. When one, for example. has worked in the garden and resin has gotten on the skin, it can easily be removed with a little olive oil. Even if one has been given lubricating oil on feet or slippers on the beach, this can be quickly removed by rubbing well with olive oil. Clothing with grease stains can often be cleaned in this way. First treat the stain with lukewarm water and then with olive oil. Let it soak for a while and then rinse well.

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