How do you think Mediterranean people got their fine-looking even toned olive complexion? These brawny bronze Greek gods and goddesses sure didn’t have tanning beds. On second thought, these days they just might. Could it be the Mediterranean sun or perhaps their exceptional cuisine. We’ll let you in on a little secret (as if you haven’t guessed it already) You’re right! It’s Olive oil of course! Olive oil has huge health benefits. Not just for general health but also for your skin. Read on to find out more.

1. Bath:

For a moisturising bath, add about 3 tablespoons organic olive oil and several drops of essential oil to your bathwater. Lavender oil will help you relax before going to bed or lemon will revitalize you for the day.

2. Dry Skin:

Gently massage a small amount of olive oil on extra dry areas such as elbows or heels. Or just use it as a all over body moisturiser.

3. Hands:

Use this easy to make sugar scrub for rough, dry hands. Mix two tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of sugar. Rub on hands until the sugar begins to dissolve. Rinse with warm water. Viola! Silky-smooth hands.

4. Feet:

Apply a liberal amount of olive oil to your feet at bedtime and cover with cotton socks. For extra softness, you can use the previous scrub recipe (no.3) on your feet before covering with oil and socks. The magic works for feet, too.

5. Face:

Create a moisturising facial mask with olive oil and honey. Beat until well blended and apply to face… then relax! Leave on for 15 minutes; rinse with warm water.

6. Nails:

Warm a small dish of olive oil (not too hot) with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Soak nails for 5- 10 minutes. This softens cuticles while it strengthens nails.

7. Hair:

For a simple oil treatment, warm several tablespoons of olive oil and rub it into your scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap or small plastic bag and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. This is great for dry hair and split ends. It may even heal dandruff. Shampoo twice after this treatment to get all the oil out.

8. Lips:

Alleviate chapped lips with straight olive oil. Dab on lips several times during the day and at bed time.

9. Exfoliate

For a simple exfoliator, blend together 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1/2 cup of sugar. This is a perfect scrub for the face because it gets rid of dead skin cells and re-hydrates the skin at the same time. You should use this 1 to 3 times a week depending on how sensitive your skin is.

10. Deep cleansing oil:

(concentration depends on skin type)
Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Olive Oil.
Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Olive Oil.
Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Olive Oil.

How it works:
Mix the Olive oil and Castor oil in a glass bottle with a lid. Give it a good shake before use.
Rub onto your skin in circular motions, concentrating on problem areas. Massage the oil deeply into your pores. Wipe the oil away gently with a wet, warm wash cloth.

Note: your face might get a bit oily at first use as this method will unblock your pores, but this will subside soon and you will have beautiful radiant skin!


Aloha! I'm Carien. I live in South Africa in an area called the Swartland (Black Land). I live on a small holding (Homestead) and I am a full time house wife with one husband (yes, only one), one son, one dog, a few sheep and plenty of chickens. Living as natural as possible is a passion of mine. Inclined to a mostly organic vegetarian diet I tend to post healthy food recipes, green tips and information on natural and organic and natural living.