Natural Beauty From Your Kitchen
As you continue your raw and living foods lifestyle, you may be more concerned not just with what you put into your body – but what you put on your body. Many lotions, personal hygiene and beauty products contain chemicals that are thought by some to be unhealthy. Artificial colors, fragrances, dyes and preservatives can be absorbed through the skin. To keep yourself free from all manmade chemicals, try nature's best-kept moisturizing secret: olive oil.
The Fountain of Youth
Jeanne Calment, the oldest recorded person in the world, lived to be 122 years old and had the unique distinction of having met Vincent van Gogh himself! Calment, who died in 1997, credited her relatively smooth skin and vigorous, healthy extra-long life to the use of extra virgin olive oil. At the age of 85, Calment took up fencing, and at age 100 she was still riding her bicycle. Calment credits olive oil, which she poured and rubbed into her skin nightly, for keeping it beautiful. Photos of her taken after the age of 100 show her face to be remarkably smooth.
Using Olive Oil
If using olive oil as a natural moisturizer, extra virgin olive oil is preferred. Simply pour it onto the skin and rub it in. It makes an excellent facial moisturizer or hand softener. Warming it slightly can help the skin absorb it faster. Use far less olive oil than you would commercial moisturizers. Start with a drop or two on the hands, and work it into the skin with gentle, rubbing motions.
If your skin tends to be very dry, adding a few drops of olive oil and lavender to your bathwater can also help. Be sure to swirl it around to mix it thoroughly, and also have on hand a rag or sponge to clean the tub after your bath. Oils attract dirt and can make a ring around the tub that's hard to clean once it dries. Clean the bath immediately after taking a bath infused with olive oil and natural fragrance oils.
As a lip conditioner, olive oil works just as well or better than petroleum products. Dab a few drops onto the lips and gently rub it in as a moisturizer.
Olive oil can also be used as a hair treatment. Simply rub a tablespoon or two on the hair, cover with a cap, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Shampoo out using an organic, natural shampoo. This hair treatment repairs split ends and makes hair soft, shiny and manageable. It's especially good for dry and coarse hair.
Many people combine castor oil and olive oil to make another form of facial moisturized. Almond oil also makes a wonderful moisturizer, and is frequently used as a carrier oil for aromatherapy products.
These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.
Written by: Jeanne Grunert
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