Olive Oil skin care recipes

Here are four more natural skin care recipes that I have collected that feature olive oil as the star. All of these items can be created using 5 simple ingrediants that you can locate in your kitchen: olive oil, honey, lemon juice, sugar, and lavender essential oil.

Quick Olive Oil Recipes

Moisturizing Lavender Bath Soak

¼ cup olive oil
5-8 drops of lavender essential oil

Fill bathtub with warm water. Place olive oil and lavender in bath and soak. The lavender will help you relax before bed.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup sugar (or salt, if preferred)
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Apply to hands or feet above the tub or sink. Scrub thoroughly for 2-3 minutes. When done scrubbing, rinse briefly with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Moisturizing and Skin Tightening Facial Mask

1 egg yolk
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey

Mix egg yolk, olive oil, and honey. Beat mixture until well blended. Apply to face and leave for 15 minutes or until dry. Remove with warm water, then rinse face with cool water.

Olive Oil Cuticle Soak

Small bowl
3 tbsp olive oil
1tbsp lemon juice

Mix oil and lemon juice. Warm olive oil mixture in bowl, careful not to make it too hot to touch. Let nails (especially cuticle) soak in mixture for 5-10 minutes. This should soften cuticles. I like to do this treatment prior to using the Lemon Sugar Scrub or prior to making a regular body scrub so that I don’t waste the ingredients.

Argan Oil benefits for Skin & Hair

From the B4Tea Website:

Argan Oil

Argan oil is sometimes known as argane oil and it is extracted from the kernels of the fruit that produced by the Argan tree. Argan tree is native in Morocco. Argan oil is uncommon and valuable resource for treating a wide range of cosmetic and medical problems. It contains high percentage of essential fatty acids and phelnols and so it is more resistant to oxidation than olive oil. It also contains vitamin A, omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids which provide more antioxidant benefits. Argan oil is very popular oil. It is very hard to extract this oil and so it is not generally cheap. Due to its high cost, it is sometimes found in products only in unpretentious amounts.

Health benefits of Argan oil are in popularity and can help to treat any ailment such as dry skin, eczema, acne, wrinkles, and lots more. Argan oil is also used on skin, hair, and nails for its beatifying action. They have hydrating and protecting action on the skin and so it can be used in facials and body massage, even for babies. Many women rub this oil over dry or cracked lips to make softy. Argan oil is shown to be helpful for improving hair strength.

Argan Oil Benefits for Skin:
Argan Oil has so many benefits for skin and so it is very popular skincare product among women. For centuries, Moroccan women have used argan oil to treat several skin problems. Some of the benefits of argan oil for skin are as follows:

• Argan oil is a highly effective skin moisturizer with antimicrobial properties. It is a lot more than a simple moisturizer because it does not contain any cholesterol. Argan oil is more effective than other natural skin moisturizers such as shea butter and olive oil due to high content of fatty acids.
• It also helps to restore the natural pH of the skin.
• Argan oil helps in reducing the wrinkles and softening the skin.
• Argan oil has a sebum regulating action on the oily skin that reduces the oiliness.
• It has also shown to increase the elasticity and tightening of the skin.
• If you are suffering from acne or chicken pox scars, application of argan oil is very beneficial to reduce these blemishes.
• Argan oil is also known to neutralize free radicals, treat acne, eczema and psoriasis.
• Argan oil has regenerating properties on skin by revitalizing the cell functions that prevent early skin aging due to sun, pollution, stress, smoking, etc.
• By application of argan oil on nail, brittle nails can be made stronger.
• It can help to reduce skin inflammation and skin irritation, helping to cure numerous dermatological disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and even acne.
• Pregnant women can apply argan oil to prevent the onset of stretch marks.
• Mineral make up tends to dry skin. Application of 1 – 2 drops of argan oil for 5 minutes, before applying the mineral make-up this problem can be avoided.

In short, Argon oil benefits on skin are:
• Prevent loss of moisture from the skin
• Diminish wrinkles
• Stimulate skin cells
• Reduce scarring
• Give you softer skin
• Prevent stretch marks
• Relief for eczema and psoriasis
• Restore nutrient content of skin cells

Argan Oil Benefits for Hair:
Argan Oil is often called liquid gold by beauty experts due to its benefits for healthy hair. It has properties similar to those of Jojoba Oil and it gives new life to dry, tangled and flyaway hair. Some of the clear and recognized benefits of Argan oil for hair are as follows:

• Argan oil infiltrates into the hair pores or shafts and improves the elasticity of hair. It also proves to be very nourishing for the growth of hair.
• It hydrates the hair naturally. It stops the curliness and roughness of hair in a well-organized way.
• Natural antioxidants are present in Argan oil which strengthens the hair by repairing the damaged cellular membrane of hair.
• Argan oil is very good for uncontrollable and unmanageable hair. It restores the smoothness of hair and makes them manageable again.
• Argan oil contains Vitamin E which makes it a fabulous agent for hair treatment. Many external and internal agents like heat, over styling and oxidization damage the hair. Vitamin E is very useful in restoring the natural hair and renewing and repairing the damage caused by destructive agents.
• Argan oil is a direct source of essential nutritional components for hair pores and roots due to its rich contents of unsaturated fatty acids like Omega 3 and Omega 9. These unsaturated fatty acids improves the strength of hair and also heals the split ends of hair by strengthening the protein bonding structures in hair.
• Color treatment on hair causes certain damage to hair. Color treatment makes them brittle and takes away the smoothness. Argan oil cures the brittle hair and increases the life of color treated hair. It even surpasses in competitiveness in this job from Jojoba oil.
• Non-greasy Argan oil locks the moisture in and adds to and restores the luster and shine of hair according to researchers.
• Hair stylists are also consider that Argan oil may finally be the right choice to heal and restore the damaged, dry and weak hair from environmental extremes, excessive styling practices and perms.

Other health benefits of Argon oil:
• Help to prevent cardiovascular diseases
• Cholesterol lowering effect
• Protects the heart and blood vessels
• Protect heart, liver and gall bladder
• Effective in the relief of burns and scars
• Diabetes
• Psoriasis
• Improve circulation
• Anti inflammatory properties
• May help arthritis
• Lower blood pressure

Read More: B4Tea http://b4tea.com/food-health/argan-oil-benefits-for-skin-hair

Nail Strengthener
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Argan oil

Mix ingredients, then wash your hands. Soak your nails in the mixture for about 15 minutes once a week. For brittle nails, repeat daily. This has a shelf life of one week if kept in an air-tight container, in a cool, dark place.

8 Surprising Uses for Olive Oil

8 Surprising Uses for Olive Oil

Olive oil has many valuable uses beyond cooking, from personal care to home improvement, natural remedies and beyond.

By Brian Clark Howard

Olive Oil

Olive oil is more than a cartoon character, historic symbol of peace and glory or food staple of the much-vaunted Mediterranean diet. It is actually tremendously useful stuff, finding applications in personal care, home improvement, green cleaning, natural remedies and other areas.

It’s long been reported that there are a number of health benefits of olive oil. As a foodstuff it has a high concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids, which studies show promote “good” cholesterol (HDL) while lowering “bad” cholesterol (LDL). Olive oil is also known to be gentle on the digestive system, and even may help prevent gallstones and soothe ulcers. Good quality olive oil contains valuable vitamins and nutrients, and it is loaded with antioxidants, which many believe help protect the body from cancer.

These days there are an increasing array of organic and boutique olive oils offered for sale, some of them quite pricey. In general, the less processed an oil the more nutrients it contains, although the more expensive it tends to be. “Extra virgin” olive oil comes from the first pressing of olives, and retains the most flavor and aroma. Most better brands are also advertised as “cold pressed,” meaning they aren’t heated up beyond room temperature during processing. Unsurprisingly, high heat can damage the flavor and nutrients in the oil. “Virgin” olive oil generally comes from the second pressing. Cheaper brands sold as “regular” or “pure” olive oil are made with chemical refining and filtering, which standardize and neutralize flavors and acid contents. They have lower nutrient levels as a result.

To help protect the fragile environments of the Mediterranean and elsewhere, it’s a good idea to buy organic olive oil when you can. It also will tend to be of high quality and flavor, great for spaghetti, oven-roasted vegetables, fresh salads and many other dishes.

It’s true that you won’t be consuming the olive oil in a number of the uses below, and part of the point of this post is to help you save money by suggesting alternative uses to things you already have, so you don’t have to make a trip to the store and buy some additional products to get the job done. Therefore, we’d understand if you preferred to use the cheapest, lowest-grade oils for some of these tips. You probably aren’t going to crack open that vintage bottle of herb-infused oil your aunt brought you back from Tuscany in the event that you have a squeaky door. But since readers seemed to find everyday alternative uses for vodka, vinegar and ketchup useful, we thought we’d look into olive oil:

1. Get Healthy Skin (And Fight Cancer!)
People have used olive oil for centuries for personal care. It is a great skin moisturizer, in part because it contains linoleic acid, a compound not made by the body, but which prevents water from evaporating. According to Leslie Baumann, M.D., author of The Skin Type Solution, consuming olives and olive oil can promote healthy skin, as can applying it directly as a moisturizer. You can also add a bit of olive oil to a warm bath for a good healthy soak.

Some of the most exciting news, according to Baumann, is that olive oil also contains at least four different antioxidants, which can help “neutralize damaging free radicals that can lead to skin aging and skin cancer.” Baumann writes that in studies mice that drank extra virgin olive oil developed less skin cancer after exposure to UV light.

Olive oil can also provide a safe and natural lubricant for a close shave. As a soothing aftershave, rub in an extra teaspoon of the stuff after rinsing off. In fact, some products from The Art of Shaving are based on olive oil. Similarly, olive oil can soothe chapped lips. Make your own balm by mixing olive oil and melted beeswax in a 1:1 ratio (add an essential oil if you want a nice fragrance). According to the handy new Website AltUse, you can moisturize your cuticles by soaking in olive oil mixed with water, or apply olive oil directly to cuticles before applying polish or buffing nails.

2. Tame Tangled and Damaged Hair
Olive oil also has benefits for hair. Comb a bit of the stuff through dry or frizzy hair to help tame and moisturize your locks, especially in winter or on humid days. Olive oil can also provide some relief for damaged hair.

In his new book Clean Body, Zen Cleaner Michael de Jong suggests treating your tresses by kneading a few tablespoons of olive oil into your scalp and hair. “Swathe your oiled-up curls with a shower cap and take a thirty minute breather…snooze, toss back a latté, whatever. Then just shampoo as usual to reveal a refurbished mane that even Fabio would envy,” he writes.

3. Care for Your Cat
Just as Frank and Millie can benefit from grooming with olive oil, so can Fluffy and Mittens. According to curbly.com, add a teaspoon of olive oil to your cat’s food to help prevent hairballs, as well as promote a shiny, healthy coat. Olive oil is likely to be more gentle on a cat’s system than petroleum-based anti-hairball lubricants. Plus, it has the benefit of coming from a renewable resource, as opposed to oil from the ground.

4. Ease Snoring
Kitties aren’t the only ones who can take advantage of natural lubricating properties of olive oil (yes it can be used as a “personal lubricant,” in case you were wondering). And according to AltUse, taking a sip of olive oil before heading to bed can help lubricate your throat muscles, cutting down on snoring. We won’t tell if you drizzle some extra olive oil on Grandma’s salad the next time she comes to visit!

Others have noted that downing a teaspoon of olive oil can help soothe a scratchy or ticklish throat.

5. Polish Furniture and Metal (and Condition Leather)
Silverware, copper and other metal items can be polished with ketchup or toothpaste. After you’re done rub a bit of olive oil on to prevent streaks, corrosion and tarnish. According to Michael de Jong, to polish your desk, use two parts olive oil mixed with one part lemon juice.

Pour just a few drops on a soft cloth, wipe away the dust, scuffs and fingerprints, and make your desk shine. In fact this technique works well for a range of wooden furniture and objects. You can also condition and revitalize leather goods, such as baseball mitts, by rubbing in olive oil. Let set for 30 minutes, then wipe away any excess.

6. Free Stuck Zippers
There are few things more annoying than stuck zippers (remember that episode of Seinfeld when George visits his therapist?). So if you are vexed by this particular problem, break out the olive oil. Swab some of the stuff on the teeth of the zipper, then try gently easing it unstuck. Good luck!

7. Fix Squeaky Doors
Olive oil can actually be used as a lubricant in many applications. It’s safe to keep around the house, so you don’t have to worry about children or pets getting into it. Try it out on squeaky doors, hinges and anywhere else you might consider using WD-40 or another lubricant. While WD-40 may work well, it’s also based on hydrocarbons, so anytime we can use less of those we’re taking a step toward a cleaner world.

8. Cure an Earache
A number of folks swear by olive oil as a natural remedy for earaches. One suggestion is to “very carefully use a cotton swab to apply olive oil to the outside ear cavity to help with earaches and excess wax.” Another user suggests: heat up some olive oil in a microwave for 30 seconds then apply it to the ear that hurts for relief.

Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/olive-oil-benefits-uses-460609#ixzz112TsaCx4

The Busy Bride Manicure

I call this manicure “The Busy Bride” because it’s for women (or men!) who want/need to do a manicure but really don’t have time for a thorough one. It’s pretty simple and should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.

Unlike a traditional manicure, this manicure is covering just the basics. It’s great when you need to get your nails cute and ready to go but doesn’t have the pampering effect of a traditional or luxurious manicure.

What you need:
• small bowl
• Warm water
• Hand soap
• Orange stick
• Cuticle oil/vitamin e oil
• Creamy lotion
• Nail file
• Cuticle nippers
• Polish remover
• Polish (top and bottom coat plus color if needed)

Always start a manicure (or pedicure for that manner!) by removing any nail polish that you may have on your hands. After removing the polish, make sure all of your nails are cut to your chosen length. You also want to check your fingers closely for the beginnings of hang nails. If you see any, clip them with the cuticle nippers. Do not cut the cuticles themselves.

Fill your bowl with the warm water and a little hand soap. You don’t need a lot of soap, just enough for a few bubbles. Soak your fingers in the water (making sure your cuticles are covered by the water) for no more than 3 minutes.

Remove your hand from the water. Taking the orange stick, push the cuticle back on each nail, making sure to move the orange stick around the base of the nail bed in small circular motions to remove any additional dead skin. Clean off your nails by dipping them back into the water.

Put a drop of cuticle oil/Vitamin E oil on each cuticle. Gravity should encourage the oil to slide down the base of the nail bed and coat the entire cuticle. Massage in the oil for a few moments and then dip your hand back into the soapy water to remove the oil. If you are not 100% sure the oil is gone from the nail bed, take an orange stick, wrap a piece of cotton around one end and wipe off your nails.

To begin polishing your nails, start with a base coat. Always apply a base coat, even if you don’t use colored polish. Begin with a single stroke of polish down the middle of the nail, then an additional single stroke on each side of the nail. This should cover your entire nail. Let the coat dry.

If you like color in your nail polish, you would apply that between your bottom and top coats. Color polish requires 2-3 coats with a drying time between each coat. The darker the polish color the more coats you need to apply.

Once the polish is dry(ish), do your top coat, allowing your nails to dry to touch.

After you have completed your manicure and your polish is completely dry, put lotion on your hands and then oil your cuticles one additional time.

Other Manicures: The Pampered Bride and The Practical Bride

The Pampered Bride Manicure

A Bride’s hands are on showcase throughout her engagement. The crowning point of this timeframe is her wedding day.

On a bride’s wedding day, she knows she is going to be the center of attention. Everything about her will be noticed, remarked upon, and remembered. Most brides realize this and take care to make sure their coif is perfect, their dress- divine, and their jewelry gleams. But what about her hands?

A bride’s hands will be on prominent display on her wedding day, but also the days leading up to her wedding as well. Once a bride announces that she is engaged, scores of people – friends, acquaintances, and adversaries (AKA those bitches at work) will want to stare at her engagement ring – and thus her hands.

No matter how glorious your ring is – no matter how large and sparkly the diamond – if your hands feel like scales and your nails look like claws, people will notice, remember, and talk.

Luckily, there is no need to spend a lot of money for these little fixes. I’ve been working on a series of manicures – just for you :-). As I complete them, I’ll update this post with additional links.

The Pampered Bride
The Practical Bride
The Busy Bride

The Pampered Bride Manicure
This manicure is for the bride who wants to pamper herself and has the time to do it. This manicure can take up to 1 ½ – 2 hours.

Step 1: Hand, Nail, and Tool Prep
In order to get the most out of your manicure, you need properly prepare. The first thing is to gather all of your tools. Here’s a list of some things that you will need:
• Nail File/Emery Board (Try to avoid metal files)
• Nail Buffer
• Cuticle Nippers
• Small Bowl
• Warm water
• Fingernail Clippers
• Cotton Balls
• Hand soap
• Hand Scrub
• Orange Stick
• Nail Polish Remover
• Cuticle Oil/Vitamin E Oil
• Towel
• Nail Polish (bottom coat, top coat, and color if desired)
• Lotion
• Paraffin Wax Bath (pre-warmed)
• Q-Tips
• Shea Butter
• Lemon Juice

Step 2: Shape Nails
Once you have gathered all of your materials together and gotten comfortable, you’re ready to shape your nails. Always start a manicure (or pedicure!) by removing any nail polish that you may have on your hands. After removing the polish, make sure all of your nails are cut to your chosen length. You also want to check your fingers closely for the beginnings of hang nails. If you see any, clip them with the cuticle nippers.

Once you have finished removing polish, you can start to file your nails. The two most popular shapes are rounded edged square and oval. Pick the shape that works best for you – square looks best when the cuticle is oval shaped and oval looks best when the cuticle is slightly more pointy – then file your nail into that shape. My personal preference is for the rounded edge square. Try to file your nail in one direction, only. Filing your nails from side to side can weaken the nail.

After shaping your nails, put a drop of cuticle or Vitamin E oil on your cuticle. DO NOT CUT THE CUTICLE. Hangnails are caused by overly dry and/or damaged cuticles. When you cut your cuticles you damage them, since the purpose of the cuticle is to protect the body from bacteria. Instead of cutting the cuticle, soak the finger tips in a small bowl of warm soapy water. You are only looking to soften the cuticle, so only do this for 2-5 minutes per hand. Once the cuticle is softened, take an orange stick and GENTLY push back the cuticle. Once the cuticle is pushed back, move the stick around the base of your nail bed in small circles to remove any additional skin/cuticle that may be left behind. Once done, place a drop of vitamin E oil or cuticle oil on each cuticle. Massage the oil in well.

Step 3: Soften those hands
Having soft hands is a trait that has always been associated with femininity. Throughout our daily lives, however, our hands are exposed to the worst the environment has to offer. My favorite way to soften hands is to use a natural, homemade scrub. I love the Lemon Sugar Scrub! There are scrubs that you can buy in a store, too. It’s up to you.

After scrubbing, I love a hot paraffin bath. Nothing says pampered like a paraffin bath! Paraffin Baths, if you’ve never used a paraffin bath before, are a “luxurious” spa treatment. It is intended to moisturize and soften skin. The major use for paraffin wax bath treatments is for the hands and feet during a manicure or pedicure. It is also great for people who have arthritis or simply aching hands and feet. I always slather my hands with 100% pure shea butter prior to doing a paraffin wax dip.

Step 4: Polish
Once the paraffin wax dip is complete, wash your hands with soap and water again. This will remove the excess oils. At this point I give myself a homemade, all natural cuticle bath. The cuticle bath is not necessary but it is glorious! I love the way it gives my cuticles a little extra moisture. Some people prefer to do cutcicle baths prior to a paraffin wax. This is personal preference.

After the cuticle bath, I wash my hands with soap and water, then moisturize with a creamy lotion. Then I take an orange stick, wrap a piece of cotton around one end and wipe off my nails. This removes any excess oils and I am ready to polish.

I never use colored polishes – I’m a clear kinda girl – so I can’t give any tips on color. The darkest color I wear is Cotton Candy 😉

Always apply a base coat, even if you don’t use colored polish. Begin with a single stroke of polish down the middle of the nail, then an additional single stroke on each side of the nail. This should cover your entire nail. Let the coat dry.

If you like color in your nail polish, you would apply that between your bottom and top coats. Color polish requires 2-3 coats with a drying time between each coat. The darker the polish color the more coats you need to apply.

Once the polish is dry(ish), do your top coat, allowing your nails to dry to touch.


A lot of women want long flowing hair and long strong nails with a gleaming white tip. Unfortunately for us, nature does not always show us off to the best of our abilities. In this quest for longer hair and nails, women (and men) have tried almost everything: weaves braids, tracks, false nails, overlays, and medications. These methods can be time consuming, costly, and have unwanted repercussions.

One safe method that is available is the vitamin supplement Biotin. Biotin may be an answer for fingernails that are weak, split, chip, and peel.

Biotin is one of eight essential vitamins that comprise the B-complex. Like all of the members of the B-complex, biotin plays an important role in energy metabolism, acting as a coenzyme in chemical reactions that produce energy. Nails and hair are primarily made of a protein named Keratin and so Biotin should increase nail and hair thickness and length up to 25%.

Although there are currently no known side effects to a high biotin intake, always discuss any new supplement use with a doctor first. While Biotin may not have any adverse side effects, there are repercussions to using this vitamin. The hair on your body will grow at a higher rate as well. Your shaving or other body hair removal system will need to be increased in frequency.

I’m one of the lucky people who have a rather white nail tip. My issue is that my nails are brittle and flake. They are rather thin and sharp (kinda like a baby). I use Biotin to help my nails both grow and to (hopefully) give my nails a little extra thickness. I’ve used biotin before but stopped because I’m not great with remembering to take my vitamins. I’m starting again so I’ll have an update for this in about 3 weeks or so.

I bought my bottle of biotin from GNC for about $7.99 (that’s what I paid, but I didn’t order it, I bought it in store). It’s 600 mcg and I think I’ll take two a day.

Biotin 600

Paraffin Wax (update)

I didn’t get a chance to use the Waxwel until the weekend. I washed it out, plugged it in, and started melting the wax. Per the instructions I should melt all 6 bricks.

Side note: do not do this – only melt 4-5

I melted all the wax and it took a while – like 6 hours.

The first thing I did was give myself a mani & pedi. Ahhh, bliss 🙂

Right before I dipped my hands or feet I put on a thick layer of pure shea butter. It melts into the skin so beautifully. One thing I have to note: the Waxwel model doesn’t a temp button, dial, anything. There is only on and off (by which I mean plugged in or unplugged), which sucks because (trust me) it can get too hot. Without a temperature gauge of some type you can’t get an even temperature for a long period of time. I had to keep plugging it in and unplugging it.

Booooo model design!
Yaaaay price!

It does what it is supposed to do and it feels divine (when you have the right temperature!). I love the way my hands and feet feel when the shea butter gets the chance to melt and get absorbed into the skin.

All in all, I feel I got a good deal. If you want to buy a paraffin wax bath and you can’t find one that’s large enough for your feet (IMHO) – keep moving. Trust me, you’re going to want to dip your feet. 🙂 Also try to get gone that has a temperature gauge of some sort. That will make your life much easier.

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