What Is Olive Oil
Olive oil is a fat in the form of liquid which is obtained from olives, the fruits of tree Olea europe area of Mediterranean Basin. The whole olives are pressed to obtain olive oil. It is present in different colors, smells and flavors depending upon its origin and if it is extra virgin (finest quality) or not. Agriculture departments categorize it in different grades depending upon its odor, flavor, acidity and absence of defect. Extra Virgin olive oil is considered to be the best; it contains free fatty acid content of 0.8 percent.
The constituents and nutritive values of one tablespoon of olive oil are given below.
- Calories – 119 mg
- Fat – 13.50 mg
- Carbohydrates, fibers and protein – 0
- Saturated fats – 2 mg
- Vitamin E – 1.8 mg
- Vitamin K – 8.1 mg
One hundred grams or 3.5 oz. of olive oil contains 77 grams mono saturated fats,8.4 grams of non-saturated fats and 13.5 grams saturated fats.
So Can I Use Olive Oil On My Baby ?
Advantages Of Olive Oil
- It moisturizes skin
- Makes your baby’s skin smooth and shinier
- Helps in promoting health of your baby’s bones and muscles
- Improves dry and flakey skin
- It is a good manicure oil
- Increases elasticity in skin and makes regenerative properties better
- Helps in toning your baby’s skin
- Under-eye wrinkles become better (this use is for adults as babies generally do not have wrinkles)
- Reduces dandruff
- Helps in improving texture of hair
When To Avoid Olive Oil
Olive Oil contains Oleic acid which can increase loss of moisture from your baby’s skin. So, if your baby has dry skin or eczema, olive oil can make it worse. In such cases, it is better to avoid using olive oil on your baby skin. It is better to consult doctor in such case.
Use Of Olive Oil On Your Baby’s Hair
Your baby’s hair can become stronger by using olive oil. It will soften frizzy hair. It can also help in loosing cradle caps in infants, which is form of a flaky skin formed on baby’s head just after birth. The method is to cover the cradle cap of baby with olive oil and do massage using a soft brush or cloth. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes and wash off using a baby shampoo.
Use Of Olive Oil For Diaper Rashes
Your baby’s skin is naturally very delicate and soft. Diaper rashes are quite common, and are most likely to appear again and again. Olive oil is a great natural resource to treat these rashes. Mix two teaspoons of virgin olive oil with one teaspoon of water and rub gently on rashes. You will notice a difference every soon.
Olive oil is considered safe and helpful for use on normal skin of your baby, but if the skin is more permeable and broken, or there is a cut, olive oil will be lost instead of trapped into the skin, triggering eczema instead of curing it. So, it is always better to consult doctor when it is matter of your baby’s health and safety.
Similarly, don’t use it on very dry and flaky skin, or on eczema.