Extra Virgin Olive Oil Uses and Health Benefits of EVOO

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There are so many different extra virgin olive oil uses and health benefits of EVOO that you probably haven’t thought of before. Since EVOO has so many health benefits, I try to incorporate it into my meals and my daily routine whenever possible. Of course, we all know that it tastes wonderful on a salad with balsamic vinegar. And, we’ve probably made at least a few meals by marinating meat in olive oil as well. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Uses

Our ancestors have been gathering wild olives for thousands of years. Olive oil was used for food, healing, and lighting their homes. But, do you realize that there are many different extra virgin olive oil uses you’ve probably never tried? Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Europe has reclaimed its reputation as a delicious and healthful food. Today, olive oils are produced with many different flavor profiles.

Not all extra virgin olive oil is the same. Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Europe meets high standards. The extraction takes place without chemicals or heat which guarantees its freshness and flavor. It must have a low acidity level. Higher acid levels caused by heat and light can have a negative impact on flavor. Extra virgin olive oil also needs to have a low peroxide content which assures minimal exposure to oxygen. Extra virgin olive oil is heled to the highest taste standards and is recognized as an artistic, artisan product.

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Here are a few uses that you may not have considered.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil uses for Beauty

Extra virgin olive oil is pure and undulated which means that it is high in antioxidants and vitamins. Because of this, it makes a wonderful moisturizer for dry skin. It also helps to stimulate cell production which makes it a fantastic choice for aging skin and one of my favorite olive oil health benefits.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Uses for Hair

Did you know that extra virgin olive oil can help to stimulate hair growth? If you look at natural treatments for hair growth, you will find that many of them contain olive oil. Olive oil also helps to retain the moisture in your hair. Have you ever tried this health benefit of EVOO?

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Recipes

Did you know that you can preserve roasted and grilled vegetables for days by submerging in olive oil and storing them in a dry place? Try adding 1 cup of your favorite roasted vegetable, 2 parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Europe, 1 part balsamic vinegar, rosemary, thyme and roasted garlic. Yum! I am not ashamed to say that I just enjoyed this for breakfast along with an apple.

Bread Dipping Oil

One of my favorite Extra Virgin Olive Oil is in a bread dipping oil. Homemade bread is a treat that my husband loves and one I allow myself to enjoy occasionally. It tastes even better when you dip it in a bread dipping oil. You can use my recipe below. We love the taste of our Zucchi Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Europe in this recipe. It’s a wonderful treat and the flavor really shines through when you enjoy it this way.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Dipping Sauce

One of my favorite ways to enjoy Extra Virgin Olive oil is in this bread dipping oil.

5 minPrep Time

1 minCook Time

6 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Europe
  • Your choice of basil, red pepper flakes, cracked pepper, sea salt, minced garlic, thyme, oregano, parsley


  1. Mix together.
  2. Dip chunks of fresh Italian or French bread into it and enjoy.
  3. Use immediately.

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The Flavor Your Life campaign aims to educate US consumers so they can make informed decisions when purchasing Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Look for Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Europe at your local grocery store.

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  1. I do use the olive oil for heart healthy cooking, but I didn't know about the other benefits. I have dry skin and thin hair, so maybe that would help!
  2. I am going to try this on my heels as they just soak up so much of my moisturizer. I have a bit of EVOL in the frig from a large bottle and want to buy some fresh stuff, so this would be a great way to use up the last bit of older oil on my skin. I'll wear booties to bed and wake to smooth heels hopefully! Thanks for the tip/reminder.
  3. This makes me want to pick up olive oil immediately. Right now I have grapeseed oil but it's just got a different taste.
  4. Joan Kubes says
    I use EVOO in most of my cooking and salads.
  5. Julie Waldron says
    We use olive oil a lot! I always use it in pizza dough and I love making a dipping sauce to have with fresh homemade bread.

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