The oil is usually extracted from hard, unripe olives. There are three grades of olive oil: extra virgin, virgin and 'pure'. Extra virgin olive oil is collected from the first pressing of the fruit. It is heavy and rich with a darkish yellow-green colour and fruity-peppery aroma. Virgin olive oil comes from the second pressing; it has a lighter yellow-green hue and a less pungent aroma. The so-called pure grade is usually a blend of highly refined olive oils from more than one country. It bears little resemblance to its cold-pressed relatives, being pale yellow with a relatively faint odour.
Both extra virgin and virgin olive oil contain useful levels of the essential fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid. Taken internally, the oil is said to be a supportive of heart health issues. It is also a gentle laxative. Applied externally, olive oil can be useful for dehydrated, sore or inflamed skin, for the reduction of stretch marks during pregnancy and for reducing the itchiness of pruritus. The oil is also a natural sun filter, screening out, on average, up to 20 per cent of the sun's rays. Of great interest from an aromatherapy perspective, for centuries olive oil can be been used as an inunction (a substance which is absorbed through the skin) to alleviate rheumatic pain, and as a tonic for delicate babies whose bodies cannot utilise the oil's nutrients when taken by mouth.
Percentage in Blends: Can be used as a base, 100 per cent. However, you may prefer to dilute it 50/50 (or more) with a less odorous oil, such as grapeseed or almond.
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Tracy - June 8, 2006, 19:24
I read that olive oil on humans controls lice, would that work on pigeons also? Thank you, Anita Allen.
ZooScape Moderator - June 14, 2006, 17:18
Olive oil is sometimes used in human hair in copious amounts as a smothering or suffocating agent and is usually left on the hair for a prolonged period (like overnight). I would guess that a pigeon's delicate feathers would get too saturated with the oil and it would be very difficult to wash out.
Eradicating any type of avian lice or mites from birds requires removal of nesting material, and bird activity must be eliminated to prevent any wandering lice. There are several dusting powders and solutions that may be effective, although there are some species of birds that may not react well with a given remedy. A veterinarian would be the best person to consult to recommend a safe and effective approach for this particular species.
Bianca Rosa® natural carrier oils provide the perfect medium in which to dilute potent essential oils and "carry" them onto the skin and into the body. These deep-nourishing oils provide even distribution and absorption with light and non-sticky lubrication. Depending on the potency of the essential oil being diluted, generally, adding 1-3 drops of essential oil to every 5 mL (1 tsp.) of carrier oil is sufficient for most massage or skin care needs. Massage gently into the skin with a circular motion. Apply as needed or as directed.
FOR TOPICAL USE ONLY. NOT TO BE TAKEN INTERNALLY.
Should skin sensitivity occur discontinue use. Store in a cool dry place. Keep out of reach of children.
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