The Hidden Healing Powers of Olive Oil

It's not a secret that olive oil has many health benefits. Past blogs have included facts about heart health, weight loss and skin and hair care—and how they relate to olive oil. But did you know about olive oil's hidden healing powers? If you did, you're ahead of the curve. And if you don't… well, keep reading to see some ways olive oil can heal common ailments when combined with a few other ingredients.

Stomach Bacteria

Stomach bacteria can be a pesky problem—and also one that can prove difficult to treat. But one of the hidden healing powers of olive oil—when combined with dried figs—is that it can help fight the bacteria living in our stomachs. It's simple, really. Place 40 dried figs in a glass jar and cover the figs with 1 liter of cold-pressed olive oil. Close the jar and let it sit for 40 days. After those 40 days have passed, eat some of the fig (a few quarters will do) and a teaspoon of olive oil every morning before breakfast.

Olive oil in combination with figs can help in treating not only stomach bacteria, but also hemorrhoids, intestinal diseases, constipation, bronchitis, asthma and infertility.

Common Cough

If you could use three household staples to cure a common cough, would you? If you have olive oil, lemon and honey, you can?

You'll need:

  • 1¼ cups organic raw honey
  • ½ cup organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-5 organic lemons, juiced (the more the better)

Add everything into a small pot and stir together. Heat the mixture over medium until it is steaming (don't stop stirring). Remove from the heat and let it cool. Put the mixture into a sealed jar, keep it refrigerated. Swallow one Tbsp (stirred and warmed) as soon as you feel a cold coming on.


Toothaches hurt, and numbing ointments and aspirin can only help so much. So next time your mouth is in this kind of pain, just mix a few drops of clove oil with olive oil (1:3 ratio clove oil to olive oil), and dab the mixture on your tooth using a cotton ball or swap. While this should work fairly quickly, it's OK to leave it on as long as it is needed.

Keep in mind: Clove oil may cause a burning sensation if it's applied undiluted or accidently swallowed, so it's best not to use this on kids or pregnant/nursing women.

Insect Bites/Eczema

There are a lot of home remedies for bug bites and surface cuts, but not all of them are able to heal and soothe. The salve described below does both. It has been traditionally used for healing wounds, hemorrhoid relief, eczema and other rashes on the skin.

You'll need:

  • 1 oz. crushed plantain leaves
  • 1 oz. powdered comfrey root
  • 4 oz. extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ oz. beeswax

Pour the oil into a pot that is between 80-100 degrees (this is equal to the "warm" setting on most crock pots), then stir in the herbs. Leave this "cooking" with the lid on for 12-24 hours. Line a colander with unbleached broadcloth or muslin, and pour in the mixture. Strain and then squeeze out and collect as much oil as possible. Return the herb-infused oil to the pot you've been using, and slowly add/melt the beeswax. Once the mixture has the consistency of an ointment, turn the heat off and store it in jars.

Next time you have an upset stomach, or a rash that won't stop itching, try invoking some of the hidden healing powers of olive oil? You'll be amazed at how much it can help.

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