Olive Oil - 70 Uses (WWII Series)

Olive Oil

I love olive oil, I use it as often as I can in my cooking. I have been fortunate enough to learn a lot about olive oil over the years. Believe it or not, olive oil is very complex just like beer and wine. If you're ever in southern California I would suggest visiting Temecula Olive Oil Co. not only will you find some great products but you will learn so much. Normally when I do a WWII post I like to put an old advertisement as a picture but this week I thought that I would toot the horn for Temecula Olive Oil Company instead.

Like I said earlier, I LOVE olive oil and have used it often in my cooking. When my family suggested coming up for uses for cooking oil of course I suggested that we do olive oil instead. Now you should know before exploring the list, cooking oil was one of the rationed items during WWII, so some of the uses listed may not have been implemented until the food rationing was over.

Can you imagine how hard cooking would've been when cooking oil was being rationed?

Olive Oil

  • Acne – to reduce and eliminate, scrub your face with a mixture of salt and olive oil.
  • Arteries – to resist strokes and heart attacks, ingest 2 tablespoons daily. 
  • Diaper Rash – to treat and prevent, apply olive oil to their bottoms.
  • Ear Ache – to ease pain, place a couple of drops of warm olive oil in the ear.
  • Lice – to kill, apply olive oil to hair and leave in on for 30 minutes. Shampoo hair and repeat every 10 days for one month.
  • Snoring – to stop, take a sip of olive oil before bed.
  • Splinter – to easily remove, soak the area in oil for a few minutes before removing the splinter.
  • Sunburn – to sooth, mix equal parts water and olive oil in a container. Apply mixture to burn.
  • Throat – to control a tickle, take a sip of olive oil.
  • Vitamin Supplement – to replace vitamin E, take 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Cellulite – to minimize, mix equal parts used coffee grounds and olive oil. Massage mixture to effected area then rinse.
  • Cuticles – to moisturize, dab the cuticles with a little oil.
  • Eyelashes – to darken, use olive oil instead of mascara.
  • Eye Makeup – to remove, rub a little oil on your eyes and rinse  off with a clean washcloth.
  • Feet
    • to soften, before bed rub your feet with oil, then put on some old socks.
    • to soften, scrub feet with a mixture of equal parts olive oil, honey, sugar and a dash of lemon juice. Soak your feet in warm water then massage with the mixture.
  • Hair
    • to condition, mix a couple tablespoons of olive oil in your shampoo.
    • to condition, mix used coffee grounds and olive oil. Apply to hair before you shampoo.
    • to detangle, work a small amount of olive oil into hair. Use a comb to work out the tangles.
    • to improve commercial conditioners, add olive oil to it.
    • to prevent dry scalp, rub some olive oil on your scalp before washing.
    • to prevent loss and damage, use olive oil to manage your hair instead of commercial products.
    • to prevent premature gray, apply to hair before shampooing.
    • to remove paint from hair, wipe hair with a cotton ball soaked in oil.
    • to repair damaged hair, warm ¼ cup olive oil and work into hair. Put a shower cap on and heat with a blow dryer. Allow the oil to remain on hair for 1 hour before shampooing.
    • to tame frizzy hair, lightly spray hair with olive oil before combing.
  • Lips – to soften, make a balm using equal parts olive oil and beeswax.
  • Lotion – to extend, add olive oil to the lotion.
  • Makeup – to remove, apply olive oil to a cotton ball and gently wipe away your makeup.
  • Muscles – to massage, use olive oil as massage oil.
  • Self Tanning
    • to make them go on evenly, mix equal parts of olive oil and self tanning lotion. Apply to skin.
    • to make your own, mix olive oil with coffee grounds. Apply the mixture liberally.
  • Shaving – to get a closer, smoother shave, try shaving with oil instead of shaving cream.
  • Skin
    • to clean sensitive skin, massage olive oil into the skin then wipe clean.
    • to condition, add olive oil to your bath water. This is something that Sophia Loren does.
    • to exfoliate, mix a few tablespoons of olive oil with a teaspoon of sugar or salt. Massage skin with mixture then rinse clean.
    • to firm and tone, combine equal parts water and olive oil. Apply to skin.
    • for firm, bright skin, use as you would lotion.
    • to moisturize, use as you would lotion.
    • for moisturizing and rejuvenating. mix olive oil with mashed avocado. Smooth on skin and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing.
    • for a skin tightening facial, mix egg yolk, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Smooth on face and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing.
  • Stretch Marks – to reduce the appearance, mix equal parts olive oil and cocoa butter. Smooth on the effected area.
  • Butter – for a substitute, use slightly less olive oil than the amount of butter called for in the recipe.
  • Measuring Cups – to allow sticky ingredients to slide out, wipe the measuring cup with olive oil first.
  • Pasta – if it’s to sticky, let it cool then sauté it with a little olive oil.
  • Reduce calories – if a recipe requires whole eggs, try using only the whites mixed with a teaspoon of olive oil instead.
  • Spread – for a healthier spread, mix one part softened butter with one part olive oil. Refrigerate and use as you would butter.
  • Brass – to shine, apply olive oil to a soft cloth and rub onto the brass item.
  • Cutting Boards – to condition, rub a light coat of olive oil on the board.
  • Glass – to unstick stacked glasses, pour a little down the side of the glass.
  • Leather – to shine, clean the item with a damp cloth then wipe with a drop of oil on a soft cloth.
  • Oven Racks – to make them slide easier, coat the sides with oil after cleaning.
  • Paint – to remove from skin, rub with a drop or two of oil, the wash with soap and water.
  • Stainless Steel – to shine, lightly coat surface and buff to a shine.
  • Tape Residue – to remove, rub with oil and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. This softens the residue so that it is easier to scrape off.
  • Wood – to polish, wipe it down with some oil.
  • Wood – to remove small scratches, rub oil into the surface.
  • Bird Bath – to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs, add a little oil to the water.
  • Boots – to waterproof, apply a coat of olive oil.
  • Candle Sticks – to easily remove candles, rub a little oil on the candlestick before placing in the holder.
  • Cats – to make their coat shiny, add ¼ teaspoon of oil to the food. It also keeps hairballs at bay.
  • Garden Tools – for easy clean up, spritz the tools with olive oil before using.
  • Hinges – to remove squeaks, rub oil on the hinge with a cloth.
  • Hummingbird Feeder – to keep ants away, rub a little oil on the tip of the feeding tube.
  • Moles – to keep them away, soak a rag in oil and but it into the mole hole.
  • Necklaces – to untangle, place the necklace on a glass surface and add a drop or to of oil. Use a straight pin to loosen the knot. Rinse with warm water.
  • Oil Lamps – for a clean burn, use olive oil instead of kerosene.
  • Sap – to remove from skin, apply olive oil to the spot and rub until the residue is removed
  • Tar – to remove from skin, apply olive oil to the spot and rub until the residue is removed.
  • Zippers – to unstuck, add a little oil to the teeth with a cotton swab.

** If, by some small miracle, you worked at Amway in Ada, MI in the 1980's and were the person my mother loaned the notebook to, please contact me. The notebook is a small (aprox. 6"x9") black leather, 3-ring binder, and contains hand drawn patterns (teddy bear), recipes and household tips and tricks. It would mean so much to my family to have it back.

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  1. Hi Robin!
    I really appreciate this post. My family produce olive oil for couple of generations, we also use it A LOT :) but some of the uses on this list I wasn't aware of untill NOW :)

  2. I thought I was using Olive Oil for tons of uses, but there are still new ones on here to try. Good post. My favorite use it to put 2 drops on palm after washing my face. Rub palms together and pat over face before moisturizer. It feels delicious and prevents wrinkles.

  3. What a great post! Pinning right now. :) Found you over at A Round Tuit.

  4. Love these tips! I just recently discovered that it doesn't just remove paint from your hands, it also removes wood stain from your skin too.

  5. Wow I didn't know olive oil had so many uses. I do put it on my hair sometimes when it starts looking dry and fuzzy. You have one tip that I am going to try tonight, that is if I can get my hubby to take a sip of olive oil. LOL. He has gotten really bad with his snoring. Thanks for sharing these great tips.

  6. That is a great list of uses for olive oil. I did not know so many existed!

  7. Great tips! I especially love the cleaning ones. :)

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  8. As usual you have blown me away with all the uses for a product. I'll have to give some a try. I'm so glad you joined us this week at Transformed Tuesday. Have a great week.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  9. What a great list of tips and ideas! Thanks so much for sharing at last week's All my Bloggy Friends - Linda and I look forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

  10. TMOO - garlic is my favorite, but I also use basil and hickory smoked. I need to try these other uses. I live in Murrieta.

  11. Oh my, I had no idea. I love it for cooking and dipping yummy bread is my fav! Acne? Wow, never would have guessed an oil would help there. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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