Article by Kaniz F. Shah


Botanical Name:  
English Name:  olive
Hindi Name:  zaytoon
Popular Name(s): olive
Order: Lamiales
Family: Oleaceae
Genus: Olea
Species: O.europaea
Parts Used: fruit
Effect / Energy:   
Extraction method:  
Oil blends with:  
ph: (black) 6.0-7.0, (green) 3.6-4.6





Olives in History:

Olives have been cultivated in the Eastern Mediterranean for 6000 years or so. The name “olive” comes from the Latin word “oleum”, meaning oil. Besides cooking, it was burned for lighting and used in perfumes and body products. Its leaves were made into victory wreaths for athletes. In the Bible, the story of Noah tells of the dove that returned with a sprig of olive in its beak, this has led.
Olive is an evergreen tree up to 12m tall with leathery green leaves, creamy white flowers and a small round fruit, the olive. When making oil, olives are picked green for pressing because they are less acidic, which improves the quality of the oil. The extra virgin olive oil has the finest flavor and highest vitamin and mineral content.

Health Benefits:

Olives have high levels of vitamin E and oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid, which can lower harmful cholesterol in the blood. Continued use of this monounsaturated oil is known to help lower blood pressure and increase memory recall. It helps in the treatment and prevention of diabetes. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and research now shows it has a protective effect against some tumors.
It is said that, although olive oil is high in calories, it promotes longer lasting weight loss than a low fat diet when consumed on a regular basis. It boosts and protects the immune system from microorganisms, harmful bacteria and viruses, keeping us healthy, strong and energetic. In addition, it is vital for the health of our bones, internal organs and cognitive development.
Olive oil is an excellent skin and hair tonic and is used in hair care, skincare and cosmetics. It is widely consumed in food throughout the world because of ts health benefits and great taste.

Benefits for skin:

  1. Healthy glowing skin:

    You can gain a healthy, glowing complexion by applying a few drops of olive oil onto the skin and leaving it on for 10-15 minutes before washing. Olive oil mixed with egg yolk makes a great mask for the skin.
  2. Antioxidant and anti-aging:

    Polyphenols and phytosterols are antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals that cause skin damage. One of these antioxidants, Hydroxytyrosol, is a rare compound that happens to be plentiful in olive oil. It is one of the key compounds that helps prevent free radical damage.
  3. Black olives are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish, hydrate and protect the skin. The vitamin E has been shown to protect skin from ultraviolet radiation, thus guarding against skin cancer and premature aging. It also accounts for the anti-aging benefits of this substance because it helps restore skin elasticity.
  4. Moisturizing:

    It penetrates deeply into the skin without clogging pores and makes a deep moisturizing treatment for dry skin and eczema or psoriasis. Olive oil is also used for nail and cuticle care, and as an eye-makeup remover. Many women use it for stretch mark therapy after childbirth and as a treatment for blemishes.
  5. Shaving cream and aftershave:

    Men use it as a substitute for shaving cream. Many men have abandoned shaving cream once discovering how close a shave they can get with olive oil. They have also found its refreshing qualities make it an excellent aftershave.

Benefits for hair:

Using olive oil on a regular basis can help your scalp reach its healthiest potential. Here are just a few things that olive oil can do:

  1. Prevent DTH hormones production:

    a cause of hair loss, as it causes the hair follicle shaft to narrow.
  2. Promote Scalp Health:

    Olive oil is loaded with antioxidants, which can keep the skin of your scalp in better shape and reduce the damage done by hair care products or overuse of styling products.
  3. Naturally Conditions the Hair:

    Olive oil can make your hair shiny and soft. That's why it has been used for centuries as a natural hair conditioner.
  4. Fights Fungi and Bacteria:

    Dandruff, head lice and other adverse conditions can contribute to hair loss. Fortunately, olive oil fights off all of these things, helping keep your hair healthier.
  5. Improve Blood Circulation:

    Olive oil massages can improve blood circulation in your scalp. This increased blood flow can stimulate the follicles, which then produce thicker strands.

Keep in mind that olive oil used alone is an excellent way to prevent or slow hair loss. But if you add other ingredients to the olive oil, such as almond oil, rosemary, castor oil or cayenne pepper, you can see even better results.
If you suffer from problems like dry, flaky scalp or dandruff, switching to olive oil is a good idea. It is very light and does not make your hair too greasy. Applying it weekly once and then washing your hair after 30 minutes of application will give you good results.
People who have frizzy hair or split ends can massage their locks with lightly warmed olive oil.


This article is for informational purpose only. Olive oil is not a treatment for any disease or condition. It is generally safe when used on the skin or hair, but to ensure safety, it is best to do an allergy test. Consult your doctor before using for medical purposes.

Safety information:

There are no contradictions to using the gel on the skin; however, if taking it orally it should be avoided in pregnancy or in breastfeeding mothers. Because of its speedy skin-healing effect, it must only be used on thoroughly clean wounds where there is no infection. This article is for informational purpose only. Aloe vera is not a treatment for any disease or condition. It is generally safe when used on the skin or hair, but to ensure safety, it is best to do an allergy test. Consult your doctor before using for medical purposes.


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