With so many uses for olive oil, from lamp oil, medicinal uses, as a cleaning product, skincare product (thank you, Cleopatra), and food, there's a reason the liquid gold was once called the lifeblood of empires. Here are some creative ways to use olive oil that may surprise you...
Citrus Olive Oil Candle
Decide which citrus you'd like to turn in to a candle. Half a standard size lime filled with olive oil will burn for about 1 hour, while half a lemon will burn for about 2 - 2 1/2 hours, and orange filled with olive oil will burn for about 3-3 1/2 hours, and a grapefruit for 4-5 hours.
Cut your favorite citrus in half reserving the half that is connected to the long, white string-like pith that runs through the center of citrus fruits. It is very important that this remain intact and connected to the citrus, as this is your candle "wick".
You can be meticulous and remove all the flesh of the citrus down to the white pith, or you can be lazy like me and simply get most of it out. It will not affect the performance of your citrus candle.
Choose the type of oil you'd like to fill it with. Any single cultivar extra virgin olive oil, fused or infused olive oil will burn in the candle, however I suggest staying away from burning the chili olive oils such as Baklouti, Cayenne, or Harissa. Fill the citrus about 3/4 full, but make sure the wick is not fully submerged in the oil and at least 1/4" is available to light.
Gently coat the citrus pith or the "wick" with olive oil. Using a stick lighter begin the process of lighting the wick. This will take a minute or two as it is necessary to dry out the wick and char it to some degree. Once it's lit, it will stay so until all the oil is gone.
Drizzle it Over
Blood Orange Olive Oil and a touch of sea salt over Vanilla ice cream is my favorite!
Rub it on your
Dog's Dry Skin
Whether they have a wound, itchy, or dry flakey skin, the squalene in a quality EVOO will do wonders (and they will enjoy the little massage)!
Apply to your
The antioxidants in high quality EVOO help prevent and repair damage to the skin caused by sun exposure. Apply liberally but gently for relief and quick healing.
Add a few drops
In the Ears
Let the olive oil sit for a few minutes before lying down on a towel and allowing it to drip out, if you suffer from excessive ear wax.
Before jumping into the pool to prevent swimmers ear.
To treat an ear infection (if ear drum is not ruptured), heat 2 tablespoons with 1 clove of minced garlic over low heat for 20 minutes. Toss the garlic and allow to cool before adding 1-2 drops into the affected ear for relief.
Heat 1/2 a cup of oil, massage into the hair and cover with a towel. Let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes (or sleep in it) before shampooing and rinsing thoroughly.
Add 5 tablespoons to your bath, relax, and enjoy your new glowing skin, (as actress Sophia Loren does)!