GIVE YOUR HANDS, YOUR HEART, AND EVEN YOUR HAIR A HEALTHY BOOST.

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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.

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