The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean basin region in countries like Greece and Italy. Olive oil is garnered from the fats of the tree’s fruit which contains numerous vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.
This golden elixir has been coveted for centuries by infamous beauties like Cleopatra and Nefertiti, who are both rumored to have used olive oil to nourish skin and maintain a youthful glow. Olive oil contains both vitamins A and E known for enhancing the suppleness of skin and encouraging a soft, plump appearance. Its qualities as an efficacious, non-irritating emollient are difficult to surpass.
A 2007 edition of “The Journal of Pathology” cited that olive oil can encourage youthful, younger looking skin because of its high level of antioxidants. According to sources, the antioxidants in olive oil can actively combat free radicals in the environment when applied to skin, lips and even hair follicles, because it traps moisture and provides a layer of protection against foreign toxins that are known to compromise healthy cells.
According to historians, the Phoenicians, also known for establishing one of the first forms of a written alphabet, are said to have also been the first to cultivate the olive tree for holistic uses.