GIVE YOUR HANDS, YOUR HEART, AND EVEN YOUR HAIR A HEALTHY BOOST.
Extra virgin olive oil is golden with benefits: Not only is it good for cardiovascular, cellular, and brain health, but when used topically, it’s anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and ultra-nourishing as well. Elizabeth Taddiken, N.D., a naturopathic physician at the Rockwood Natural Medicine Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, shares her ideas for the kitchen staple. PROTECT YOUR HEART
Enhance EVOO’s hearthealthy properties by infusing it with rosemary, a circulatory stimulant. In a small saucepan, combine 1½ cups EVOO, 8 to 10 dried rosemary sprigs, and a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper. Heat until almost simmering; remove from heat and let steep. When cooled, transfer to a bottle. Use in salad dressings, soups, and stews.
GET A HEALTHY SHAVE
Create a shaving oil with antibacterial powers by adding 5 to 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil (naturally antiseptic and antiinflammatory) to ½ cup of EVOO in a small plastic container. It’s supermoisturizing, so no need to wash it off—just gently rub in any excess instead of applying lotion.
SOFTEN DRY HANDS
For an antiaging hand cream that’s deeply moisturizing, combine 1Tbsp each EVOO and organic ghee (a form of clarified butter used in Indian cooking, available in health food stores), ¼ tsp vitamin E oil, and 5 to 10 drops of essential oil (sandalwood, lavender, and neroli are all soothing). Massage into hands, nails, and cuticle area. Slip on cotton gloves for 30 to 60 minutes or overnight.