Olives: Nature’s Anti-inflammatory
By: Rachel Chapman
Posted: February 2, 2006, from the February 2006 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
Originally cultivated for lamp fuel, lubrication and dietary fat, olives are an old favorite. After centuries of discovery from trial and error, uses for olive oil began to emerge in medical and cosmeceutical home remedies. A naturally occurring chemical found in extra virgin olive oil has been found to exhibit non-steroidal anti-inflammatory properties similar to ibuprofen, according to Gary Beauchamp, PhD, director and president, Monell Chemical Senses Center.