The olive tree originated in Asia, but has been cultivated in Mediterranean countries for centuries. One tablespoon of olive oil has 14 grams of fat, but the fat is mostly mono-unsaturated. Many doctors praise olive oil for its healthful benefits; lowering blood cholesterol levels, lowering incidence of cardiovascular diseases and protecting the digestive tract.
Olive oil has been used to help heal wounds, promote digestion, treat dry skin, moisten chapped lips, stimulate metabolism, treat earaches and ear wax build-up (for those that do NOT have a perforated eardrum), reduce stretch marks, alleviate constipation, relieve upset stomach, flatulence and heartburn. Olive oil contains the antioxidant vitamin E and this oil is less likely to produce free radicals which damage cell membranes and contribute to several diseases as compared to other types of oils.
Olive oil also helps to build strong fingernails and soften the cuticles. Before bed, mix room temperature olive oil with a little fresh lemon juice and soak your fingernails for about 5 minutes. Put on some soft cloth gloves and wear overnight. Your nails will gradually be more resistant to breaking and chipping and your cuticles more healthy and less noticeable.
To make a hair conditioner mix one Tablespoon of honey and two teaspoons of olive oil. Warm (not too hot) the mixture and rub it into your hair. Dip a towel into hot water and wring it out completely and wrap around your head. Let set for at least twenty minutes. Now shampoo, lathering well, as you would usually.