Olive Oil - Olea europaea - South Africa
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People living millennia ago in ancient Greece took for granted that extra virgin olive oil, all by itself, is one of the best beauty secrets. In addition to being a natural, hypoallergenic way to moisturise skin, extra virgin olive oil has the added advantage of providing strong antioxidants, like Vitamins A and E that help repair and renew skin that has been damaged from overexposure to sun, air pollution, and other modern-day environmental hazards. These antioxidants have the natural ability to stimulate cells and return skin to a firmer, smoother, and healthier state. The oleic acid (omega 9) which makes up 55% - 85% of the fatty acids in olive oil also helps brittle nails, softens cuticles and adds shine to hair. It can be rubbed on dehydrated, sore and inflamed skin and is also used as a remedy for arthritis when massaged onto the affected parts. All our soap bars are made with a minimum of 45% olive oil, aside from our gentle Baby’s Bar & Kiddies’ Bar which are made purely from olive oil.
Olive oil is also without doubt one of the most indispensable ingredients of a healthy diet. Thanks to it being naturally packed with monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, not only can a good extra virgin olive oil lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, research has shown that it also provides a wide range of anti-inflammatory benefits that can positively impact illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and asthma.