Olive Oil - Research
In one study, researchers were able to show that a diet rich in olive oil intake significantly correlated to a decrease in blood pressure in healthy adult volunteers.8 Another investigation indicated that a reduced fat diet high in extra virgin olive oil allowed for lower daily dosages of antihypertensive medications.9
Recently, externally applied olive oil combination products have been studied for the treatment of diaper rash.10
Olive oil has been used historically for relief of intestinal gas, for lubrication of the intestines, and as a mild laxative.5 Externally, olive oil has been applied to soothe minor burns and dry skin. In combination with other products, olive oil has been used in the treatment of stretch marks due to pregnancy, as well as for firming the breasts.5
5 Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, Gruenwald J, Hall T, Riggins CW, Rister RS, eds. Klein S, Rister RS, trans. The Complete German Commission E Monographs Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin, TX: American Botanical Council; Boston: Integrative Medicine Communication; 1998.
8 Psaltopoulou T, Naska A, Orfanos P, Trichopoulos D, Mountokalakis T, Trichopoulou A. Olive oil, the Mediterranean diet, and arterial blood pressure: The Greek European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004;80:1012–1018.
9 Ferrara LA, Raimondi AS, d’ Episcopo L, Guida L, Dello Russo A, Marotta T. Olive oil and reduced need for antihypertensive medication. Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(6):837–842.
10 Al-Waili NS. Clinical and mycological benefits of topical application of honey, olive oil, and beeswax. European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. 2005;11:161-163.