What is sweet oil?
Sweet oil, in the hair care industry, goes by another name: olive oil. Sweet oil is sourced from olives, which are indigenous to the greater Mediterranean region.
While olives can grow in places like California, some parts of the American southwest, and other areas of the world, it requires frost to trigger flowering. This limitation pretty much restricts where olives can be successfully cultivated in the world.
While there’s no shortage of arid and dry places, that cold requirement for triggering flowers restricts olives’ geographic spread. Olives have historically been used for olive oil. But given its high level of monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, it’s been used as a therapeutic or medicinal therapy.
Either it’s been used alone or it’s added to other ingredients to create some sort of salve. In fact, during ancient wars, when soldiers get wounded on the battlefield, olive oil was put on wounds to help soothe the flesh wounds and start the healing process.
It is a very powerful moisturizer. If you’re looking for more supple and younger feeling skin, try olive oil. Since our hair is just an extension of our skin, olive oil, in the form of sweet oil, has long been popular as an all-natural hair care and rejuvenation products.
What are the traditional benefits people get from sweet oil?
One of the most popular benefits of sweet oil is that it reduces premature skin aging if it doesn’t outright prevent it. That’s how strong the moisturizing and antioxidant content of olive oil is. Skin oxidation can lead to serious problems. It can also lead to premature aging.
Since sweet oil is packed with antioxidants, it reduces the skin’s susceptibility to DNA damage from free radicals. It also hydrates the skin to the extent that it reduces or even eliminates wrinkles and fine lines.
Not only does this oil have such powerful moisturizing capabilities, but it also comes naturally equipped with vitamins K, E, D, and A. These are crucial skin vitamins because these compounds boost the skin’s overall ability to not only get rid of its dead outer layer but also properly nourish the new skin layer that is coming to the surface.
Your skin actually has a built-in self-repair process. This is automatic. The problem is as you get older, your skin’s ability to replenish, renourish, and otherwise regenerate itself starts to decline. When you use moisturizing all-natural products like sweet oil, the vitamin content of such oils go a long way in speeding up as well as boosting the skin’s overall self-repair process.
On top of all of those benefits, sweet oil has also been known to cut down on bacterial growth on the skin’s surface.
Other uses of sweet oil
Not only is sweet oil great for your hair and skin, but it has also been traditionally used to deal with very hard ear wax as well as a wide range of ear irritations and pain. When it comes to formulation, sweet oil is usually not a pure olive oil product.
Generally speaking, manufacturers would blend it with a wide range of essential oils or almond oil. Not only is it great for your hair and skin, but it also can moisturize your cuticles and soften your nails. In fact, it’s such a great softener of nails and hair that a lot of people traditionally use it as a substitute for shaving cream.
There are lots of commercial shaving cream products on the market. Some formulations have ingredients that can irritate the skin. By switching to sweet oil, the skin and hair are softened enough so as to make shaving a very pleasant experience.
Using sweet oil before you sleep
If you have dull, lifeless, or dried out hair, you might want to consider massaging some sweet oil in your hair before you sleep. A little bit goes a long way. You don’t have to douse your head in sweet oil. In fact, you only need to coat your fingertips with sweet oil around 3 times before massaging the oil into your scalp and you would be good to go.
Not only does it help you treat brittle hair, but it can soften your hair and bring back much-needed vibrancy, life, and even volume.
Make no mistake, if you’re looking for an all-natural solution and you’re turned off by the wide range of potentially harmful or irritating chemicals found in the typical scalp moisturizing product on the market, go in a more natural and holistic direction.
Pick yourself up some sweet oil, preferably fortified using almond oil. Use a little bit of this product first. If you like the results, scale-up over time.
Different types of sweet oil
If you’re thinking of adding sweet oil to your daily beauty or sleep regimen, please note that there are different kinds of oils that qualify as ‘sweet oil.’ They are differentiated by the following factors:
Some products are mostly olive oil with some additives. Others are 50% or less olive oil. While other products are pure (100%) olive oil.
Sweet oil that is made from the first pressing of olive oils are made from extra virgin oil. Oil extracted from later pressings are just regular oil or ‘high quality oil.’
Alternative uses for sweet oil
Wound soothing treatment
If you have small scratches on your scalp because you have dandruff and you were itching, it can be a very nasty situation. It seems that you have small areas all over your head that sting when you put your hand on your head. You don’t even have to touch the actual wounds for it to hurt.
Worse yet, they’re actually itchy because they’re sitting on top of dandruff infected areas. It can really make for a bad time. People with severe dandruff go through this ordeal quite a bit.
The good news is when you apply olive oil or sweet oil onto those wounds after you mix it with aloe vera, you effectively treat those small scratches on your head. How come? Sweet oil actually has inflammation-fighting effects and it also does a good job killing bacteria.
To properly treat your wounds so they heal the right way, you need to clear out the bacteria and make sure there is no swelling. Olive oil is definitely up to the job.
When you mix sweet oil with aloe vera, this succulent based extract will soothe your skin. This salve will then work with your skin’s existing healing process to adequately repair whatever open scratches you may have on your scalp.
Ingest sweet oil to improve your overall health
Although the scope of this article is to inform you of how you could use sweet oil as a topical treatment for improved overall hair health, you should also ingest olive oil.
Maybe you can take it in the form of a salad dressing or if you have the taste for it, eat olive oil straight from a teaspoon. Some people prefer olive oil this way.
No matter how you do it, when you ingest olive oil, you end up boosting your body’s cell repair system. You also ingest antioxidants that can protect you from the dangerous effects of free radicals.
Olive oil also contains minerals and vitamins that can improve your body’s overall ability to heal and repair itself. This is crucial as far as your skin is concerned because for your skin to be healthy, you have to take care of it from the outside.
This means using the right hair care products, massaging your scalp, or undergoing periodic scalp detox, but also from within. This is where the nutrients and antioxidants come in.
Make no mistake. When you add olive oil to the dishes that you eat on a day to day basis, you adopt a holistic approach to boosting your overall skin health. It’s one thing to take care of your skin by being careful of the skincare products as well as lotions, conditioners, and shampoos that you use, but you also have to take care of it from within.
This involves the right amount of vitamins, nutrients, and supplements.