The olive plant is abundant in health benefits; from the fruit oil, to the extract from its leaves. This is not a new concept and it has been known for ancient times. Here are 8 top benefits of olive leaf for Health & Beauty:
1- Protective Skin Barrier
Olive oil fortifies the protective skin barrier made of natural oil sebum and micro-flora (healthy bacteria)in the skin which is healthy bacteria.
2- Instant Absorption
Olive oil is of extremely high absorptive capacity, so rather than just making your skin greasy, it gets absorbed into the skin, to keep it moist and flexible.
3- Reduction of the effects of Free Radicals
Olive oil helps to break down free radicals, charged particles of oxygen, which are a major cause of internal tissue damage. Lycopene, an important antioxidant is present in cooked tomatoes. Lycopene absorption is enhanced by olive oil, so cooking a mediterranean diet,that includes lots of tomatoes, with olive oil can indirectly control the formation of free radicals in the skin.
4- Skin Cell Membrane Protection
Commonly known as “sunscreen”, skin cell membrane protectors are used for protecting the skin from the harmful effects of UV (Ultraviolet) radiation from the sun. UV radiation enhances the production of free radicals, which results in sunburn, wrinkles, skin-related diseases and even skin cancer. Olive oil acts as an effective, natural sunscreen.
5- Retention of Immune Barrier
The skin and the mucous membranes in the body are the first line of defense in the body’s immune system. The fatty acids present in olive oil help the immune system in fighting against the adverse effects of bacteria and viruses.
6- Skin Repair
The skin is one organ that takes the most beating in terms of exposure to adverse environmental conditions. The result is damage to the skin cells which causes wrinkles, premature aging and a host of skin-related disorders. Olive oil is an excellent remedy to prevent and even reverse skin damage. It forms an effective barrier and keeps the skin moist and arrests the formation of free radicals, a major cause of skin damage. A combination of sea salt and olive oil makes an excellent face scrub, to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin.
7- Skin Softener
The deep penetrating properties of extra virgin olive oil make it an excellent moisturizer. By gently massaging olive oil into the skin, it becomes softer and more elastic, preventing the painful or irritating effects of dry skin, especially in dry weather.
8- No Age Restrictions
The beauty of using olive oil for conditioning, maintaining and protecting the skin is that there is no age limit for its usage. Olive oil can be used on babies as freely as on adults and the elderly, with no fear of allergy, side-effects or toxicity.
A Healthier and Longer Life from the Olive Tree
Whether you consume olives directly, or in the form of extracts like olive oil or olive leaf, the health benefits that you get from the olive tree are infinite. It is likely that you do not live in the Mediterranean region of the world. However, products from the olive tree are freely available throughout the world today, so it is worthwhile to use olives in some form or the other for a healthier existence. You will definitely reap the benefits of this abundant tree, over a period of time. For a healthier existence, choose the olive path!
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