10 Fresh Ways

10 Fresh Ways

December 21, 2017

1. Enjoy Simply Eating it: pour generously over fresh, steamed or grilled veggies. Dip some fresh bread into a big bowl of olive oil and top with real sea salt. Pour over grilled meats as a finishing oil. Top your soups and salads to really let the flavor explode. Cook your eggs at a low temperature in it and top with sea salt. Make ‘pan con tomate’ (see below) a favorite of all Catalonians. And for the adventurous ones, pour a little over premium quality vanilla ice cream or rich chocolate ice cream.

2. Moisturizer: whether you want to feel like an ancient Egyptian Queen by slathering it all over you or just need a cuticle softener, Olive Oil works beautifully. Apply olive oil directly on your skin to soften and absorb the nutrients directly. Our skin is our largest organ and it needs to be taken care of too. So the next time you drip a little on the counter while cooking, or some has run down the side of the bottle after you’ve poured from it, swipe it up and rub it into your hands while your creating your culinary masterpiece.

3. Oil Pulling for Whiter Teeth and Detoxing: Upon waking, place one tablespoon of olive oil in your mouth and swish for 10-15 minutes. At first, the oils mix with the saliva, turning it into a thin, white liquid. Lipids in the oil begin to pull out toxins from the saliva. As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, the oil continues to absorb toxins and usually ends up turning thick and viscous and white. Once the oil has reached this consistency, it is spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed.

4. Eczema Reliever: Olive oil is widely known for its intense moisturizing and is ideal for treating extra dry skin. Since it’s natural, it’s the ideal pick for eczema and more.

5. Cracked-Heel Repair: Split, rough heels need moisture to heal. After exfoliating with a pumice stone at night, apply olive oil to the feet. Put on socks to lock in the hydrating treatment as you sleep.

6. Shaving Cream: Ever run out of shaving cream? Head to the kitchen an slather legs with olive oil before applying the blade. You’ll ward off razor burn and bumps with the help of this natural lubricant.

7. Shiny Hair Serum: There’s no need to buy a separate hair product to impart shine on second-day strands. Just rub a few drops of olive oil on flyaway ends after styling for an extra-glossy finish.

8. Lip Scrub: Combine coarse sugar with a teaspoon of olive oil for a chapped-lip fix. Adding a splash of lemon juice for added flavor and acidic exfoliating properties. It’s good enough to eat (literally). As an added bonus, you can make this in a bigger batch and use it on your whole body.

9. Ear-Wax Remedy: If you often have ear-wax build-up, turn to olive oil to flush out the clog. For three or four nights, put a few drops in the ears before bed to help loosen excess wax.

10. Antibacterial Balm: Looking for an all-natural approach to medicine? You can whip up this DIY recipe for a Neosporin Knockoff (see below?) It includes antibacterial olive oil along with lavender, calendula, and tea tree oil to ward off germs and scarring.

 

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

• 1/2 cup coconut oil

• 1/3 cup dried lavender

• 1/3 cup dried calendula

• 4 TB beeswax pellets

• 1 TB honey optional

• 10 drops tea tree essential oil

• 5 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions

1. In a double boiler, combine the coconut oilolive oil. Allow the coconut oil to melt over low heat. Once melted, add in the dried lavender and calendula. Keeping the heat on low, allow the herbs to infuse for 30 minutes. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a large glass or metal bowl set over a pot of boiling water

2. After 30 minutes, prepare a small bowl with a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Pour the mixture through the filter, filtering out the herbs. With the infused oil in the bowl below.

3. Return the infused oil to the double boiler (be sure to clean out any remaining dried herbs). Over low heat, add the beeswax, stirring until melted. Add the honey, stirring for about a minute. Turn off the heat and add the essential oils (tea tree and lavender).

4. Pour the mixture into one large jar or two small jars (2-4oz. jars work well for me). The mixture will begin to solidify. If you’re using honey, stir every minute or two. The mixture takes about 5-10 minutes to fully set. Once set, it’s ready to use and will keep for 12 months at room temperature.


*As always, please consult a medical professional about serious injuries.


 

Ingredients

• 2 large, ripe roma or beefsteak tomatoes

• Kosher salt

• 1 loaf ciabatta, split in half horizontally lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch slices

• Extra-virgin olive oil

• 2 medium cloves garlic, split in half

• Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon or fleur de sel

Instructions

1. Split tomatoes in half horizontally. Place a box grater into a large bowl. Rub the cut faces of the toma- toes over the large holes of the box grater, using the flattened palm of your hand to move the tomatoes back and forth. The flesh should be grated off, while the skin remains intact in your hand. Discard the skin and season the tomato pulp with kosher salt to taste.

2. Adjust rack to 4 inches below broiler and preheat broiler to high. Place bread, cut side up, on a cutting board and drizzle with olive oil. Season with kosher salt. Place bread, cut side up, on a rack set in a tray or directly on the broiler rack and broil until crisp and starting to char around the edges, 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Remove bread from oven and rub with the split garlic cloves. Spoon tomato mixture over bread. Drizzle with more extra-virgin olive oil and season with flaky sea salt. Serve immediately.

You can add equal amounts of grated tomato pulp to olive oil along with as much garlic as you prefer (I usually do one clove per 4-6 roma tomatoes depending on size). Put in sealed glass container and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. For a quick after school or any time snack, toast some good quality bread and spoon the mixture over top. For a quick light lunch, cut an avocado in half and fill the seed holes with the tomato mixture. Voila! heat and add the essential oils (tea tree and lavender).

4. Pour the mixture into one large jar or two small jars (2-4oz. jars work well for me). The mixture will begin to solidify. If you’re using honey, stir every minute or two. The mixture takes about 5-10 minutes to fully set. Once set, it’s ready to use and will keep for 12 months at room temperature.

*As always, please consult a medical professional about serious injuries.



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