3. Olive Oil
Olive oil is usually thought of for cooking and not much else. But it holds a wide array of unrivalled health benefits, with more being discovered all the time. Olive oil has been the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet for thousands of years and is an essential nutrient in different cultures.
Olive oil is obtained from the fruit of the olive tree, and is used in cosmetics, medicine, cooking, soaps and lotions. It contains an impressive amount of antioxidant polyphenols like quercetin, cyanidins, caffeic acid, ferulic acid and luteolin. Roughly 24% of olive oil is made up of saturated fats, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, and around 73% of oleic acid, an extremely healthy monounsaturated fat that has been linked to a reduction in inflammation, and might have positive effects on genes linked to cancer.
Olive oil has been associated with a reduction in risk of heart disease and stroke, as it lowers levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides, decreases blood pressure and improves blood sugar control. It also improves insulin sensitivity, and as such it’s been linked to prevention of type 2 diabetes. Olive oil also conditions hair, skin and nails, acts as a makeup remover, soothes skin irritation, and fights signs of aging.
Using olive oil on varicose veins can be effective, as the massaging motion increases circulation and blood flow while reducing inflammation. Mix olive oil with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba, and warm the mixture. Massage the varicose veins for several minutes, at least twice a day. You can also add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil to improve the scent and receive even more benefits.