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Video:Olive Oil in and Out of Kitchen

with Jonathon Stewart

Olive oil is an essential cooking ingredient, but did you also know that olive oil has many benefits outside of cooking and eating? Check out this video highlighting the many uses for olive oil in and out of the kitchen.See Transcript

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Transcript:Olive Oil in and Out of Kitchen

Hey guys, Jonathon Stewart here for About.com and today we're here to celebrate your best friend in the kitchen. No, I'm not talking about your mom, your dog, or even your giant salt shaker. Today, we're talking about the many virtues of extra virgin olive oil, and believe it or not, this stuff is great out of the kitchen, too. Check it out:

Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive oil in not only delicious and versatile, it's actually good for you. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats that help increase levels of "good" cholesterol and decrease levels of "bad" cholesterol, reducing your risk of heart disease and potentially some types of cancer. Use it for cooking or baking in place of other oils or pour some in a dish, add a little fresh ground pepper and a dash of sea salt, dip in some bread and enjoy. Sprinkle it on salads or toss with steamed vegetables, and use in place of butter almost anywhere.But what about other uses?

Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

Well, olive oil has been used for millennia as an essential beautifier by people from Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries. Which, doesn't mean you need to be Mediterranean or Middle Eastern to try this. To moisturize skin, rub liberally on dry spots like elbows, feet, or hands. For a great hair conditioner, try massaging some oil into your scalp and letting it soak for 45 minutes, then wash out for a shine that will rival Purina's star golden retriever.

Other Uses for Olive Oil

Acne trouble? No problem. Try making a paste of about one part extra virgin olive oil to one part sea salt. It's the same stuff you'll get in fancy spas for a fraction of the price. Smooth the mixture over your face and neck. Rinse, and repeat daily for about a week, then once a week after that. The salt exfoliates while the oil's vitamin E goes to work cleaning up toxins .

Looking to spruce up your drabby kitchen? Olive oil also beautifies and polishes metal surfaces. Using a clean dry cloth, dab a generous amount of oil and rub straight on stainless steel, brass or chrome for lasting shine. Always be sure to wipe away any excess oil.

Extra Virgin is Natural Oil

"Extra virgin" is the least processed type of olive oil. That means from tree to bottle, only "extra virgin" contains all the undisturbed natural goodness of the olive itself.

Still not convinced of the wondrous nature of olive oil?

Consider these other uses, just to name a few: Lip balm, shaving cream, shoe polish, make-up remover, earwax-remover, dust-remover, lice-remover, turkey-baster, cough syrup, hand soap, foot soap, lubricant for stuck zippers, lubricant for squeaking door hinges, lubricant for snoring spouses, treatment for dry skin, treatment for dry cuticles and the prevention of...hair-balls! For the snoring. Not the hair-balls...

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