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Its Uses

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Azorias Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be used for everything culinary.

On its own it tastes great with fresh bread or drizzled on toast, try it with honey for breakfast. Replace butter with it for a healthier diet – a baked potato split in half and drizzled in oil is fantastic.

Sauces, dips, marinades and dressings

A simple mix of oil, herbs and fresh lemon juice is wonderful with fish. For salad mix it with wine vinegar, sea salt and pepper or you could try it with balsamic vinegar or a little honey.

Cooking

Use it for any form of cooking including frying. There is myth that extra virgin can’t be used for frying when in fact the opposite is true. It’s perfect for frying and doesn’t break down or degrade. You don’t need to use much and so its still cost effective. In slow cooked casseroles it’ll impart a wonderful flavour to any dish.

Baking  

Use it for breads, biscuits, pastries and cakes.

Preserving

It has wide uses for preserving things like cheeses, cooked meats, roast vegetables and olives.

Cosmetic and household

Extra virgin olive oil as a pure, natural, allergy-free product can be used for a whole host of things. When you consider that the Greek people have been using it for over 3,500 years it’s hardly surprising that so many uses have been found and a few forgotten along the way. Cleopatra used it extensively to maintain her beauty often mixing it with other natural products like lemon juice, honey, egg yolk and water. Oh and asses milk too I guess! Hypocrates, the father of medicine, used it widely both on its own and with other compounds. He treated wounds, bruises and mild burns with it because it has many properties which repair and heal elements of the skin, including anti-oxidants, scalene, flavonoids, polyphenols, omega compounds and vitamins A, K, C and E.

When used in conjunction with AZORIAS extra virgin olive oil soap, which is the purest and most delicate soap you can buy, it will help alleviate a whole range of skin problems without using chemicals and at minimum cost. The soap is made by the traditional cold process and has just 3 ingredients, extra virgin olive oil, water and potassium hydroxide, an alkali which combines with the fat in the oil in a process called saponification to produce the soap. The ratio of the ingredients is carefully measured so all the alkali is used up and the soap must be put into moulds and left to rest for a few weeks for the process to complete. This chemical reaction, which also produces glycerin which remains in the soap, creates a very safe, mild and hypoallergenic product ideal for even the most delicate skin. In ancient times the ‘lye’ or alkali was made from rainwater and wood ash but was unpredictable and difficult to use. There was also a long and tedious process using calcium carbonate (limestone) which is still used today by the Marius Fabre soap company in France. Marseilles was, and still is, a famous soap making centre and not many people realise Crete was too but in ancient times. The discovery of sodium hydroxide by Sir Humphry Davy in 1807 simplified the soap making process and enabled the general public and small artisan workshops to produce their own.

Uses of oil:-

  • Pre-shampoo moisturiser for hair. Warm slightly first then apply and leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. Can also be mixed with honey and egg yolk. Many Greeks then use olive oil soap to wash their hair.
  • Hair treatment for head lice. Would you rather use a totally safe, natural product on your child’s hair or a mixture of chemicals? Apply for 30 minutes and wash off with olive oil soap.
  • Cradle cap and nappy rash – a safe and natural way to treat and soothe your baby’s skin. I looked at the mildest baby bath cream on sale in a large High Street chemist and counted 11 chemicals in it. It’s much safer and gentler to wash your baby with olive oil soap in a bath with a few drops of extra virgin added.
  • Make-up remover – use neat applied with cotton wool.
  • Lip balm – mix 50/50 with beeswax for soft, glossy lips.
  • Chapped lips – mix with lemon juice and sugar. Gently massage into your lips to moisturise and remove rough skin.
  • Acne – mix with salt. Massage into your skin and leave for few minutes before rinsing off.
  • Shaving oil – apply liberally. It lubricates and moisturises the skin allowing the razor to glide over it. Rinse the razor in hot water between strokes to remove the build up of hair and oil. Shower off afterwards for smooth and moisturised skin.
  • Psoriasis and Eczema – as a safe and natural product it can be used to treat these skin conditions. Try it in conjunction with extra virgin olive oil soap.
  • Nail conditioner – apply generously and leave on for as long as possible.
  • Ear wax removal – warm slightly and pour/ drop into the ear canal. Leave for 20 minutes or so and then drain or rinse out.
  • Hand cleaner and exfoliant – mix with sea salt and massage into your hands and fingers.
  • Cracked heels and feet – apply generously and for best results wear a pair of socks to keep the oil in contact with your skin for as long as possible.
  • Moisturising and cleansing face mask – mix with egg yolk, natural yoghurt and honey. Apply and leave for 20-30 minutes before rinsing off.
  • Make-up brush cleaner – mix with antibacterial soap and work into the bristles before rinsing off.
  • Remove paint from skin and hair – massage into the area to gently remove the paint.
  • Sun burn treatment – mix with warm water in an empty bottle and apply gently. Shake frequently to mix.
  • Furniture polish – revives tired and dry wood.
  • Wooden kitchen utensil restorer – give your wooden spoons and chopping boards a new lease of life.
  • Leather restorer – test on a hidden area first. Gives leather its moisture and suppleness back.
  • Massage oil and personal lubricant – the ancients used it widely. A little messy but perfectly safe for the skin and body. Can be thinned for massage by mixing 50-50 with paraffin oil and you could add a few drops of your favourite essential oil too.

This is not an exhaustive list of its uses. If you find any yourself drop us an email! We haven’t include obvious ones like oiling squeaky hinges…