Mar 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm #1256320
Olive oil (extra virgin) is part of my kit. Most of the time it just provides calories and added taste to my diet. But there are many other uses for it.
Ear ache. Warm some and pour it in the ear canal*
Good for constipation. Just add extra to your food.
Good for shaving
Good for scratches/chafing and burns (after copious cold water has been pored on it and obviously if other burn treatments are not at hand)
Great for bees stings, just rub in as soon as possible.
(BTW, bacteria cannot grow on olive oil)
A drop on toilet paper or better still cotton, will make a good fire starter.
And as a lubricant.
* If you need a "Make sure it isn't too hot or you will burn yourself " warning, well maybe you should not go around unsupervisedMar 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm #1584749
@maynard76Locale: New England
The Romans used it as a "soap".
lather it on and scrape it off.Mar 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm #1584784
A neat trick for gardeners is to rub the hands with it then wipe the excess off, then play in the dirt. The hands will wash a lot faster after the work is done.
FrancoMar 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm #1584851
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Right after a hard rain, I used a half a cap of Olive Oil and some TP to make a great fire starter. Worked well.Mar 11, 2010 at 4:08 am #1584995
@brooklynkayakLocale: Atlantic North East
Olive oil is good, but sometimes I want a buttery flavor. So I pack a couple ounces of ghee as well. It has a long shelf life.
You can make it yourself.
I get it at my local Indian market, but can be purchased online as well.Mar 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm #1585230
The big advantage of olive oil is the anti bacterial properties, it cannot go "off" .
Before we had a fridge (40 years ago…) my mother used to make ghee. All I remember was the smell and that we had butter for the winter.
My grandparents were high country farmers.
FrancoMar 15, 2010 at 10:25 am #1586650
@notuLocale: Central Washington
Add a little hot chili oil to your olive oil to spice it up a bit. You can then leave the Tabasco/Tapitio at home.Mar 15, 2010 at 11:04 am #1586666
@biointegraLocale: Puget Sound
Excellent for chapped hands + feet also –> make sure you keep it cool and not exposed to light, if at all possible, as it does go rancid rather easily under warmer + brighter conditions.
Has anyone successfully used it as fuel for cooking?
Saponified olive oil is probably already used by many (dr. bonners) on the trail.Mar 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm #1587270
@red_foxLocale: South Florida
I carry olive oil on all my trips. I always add some to my meals to boost calories.
I have never used it for this purpose, but, methinks it would probably work well for chapped lips. Has anyone tried this?
-SidMar 17, 2010 at 6:52 am #1587433
@steveLocale: Eastern Washington
If you you use a Kelly Kettle (KK)–or hopefully the soon to be sold Backcountry Boiler, you can use this as stove fuel. A few tablespoons added to tissue paper will burn very well in the kettle–can boil about 3 cups of water in the standard size KK. It does leave a slight oily residue in the KK chimney–but much less so than that chemical gunk you get from burning Esbit tabs.Mar 17, 2010 at 7:08 am #1587442
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
This is a staple for me, so much that some fellow bay area bpl's have given me the trail name "OliveOil". Franco, you would not originally be from Tuscany, would you?Mar 17, 2010 at 11:37 am #1587538
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
"And as a lubricant."
Er… do I want to know?Mar 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm #1587603
Strangely enough I come from the top of Piedmont, only a few Km from Switzerland.
My folk have been high country farmers for generations so I grew up with butter , real milk and cheese…
We only used olive oil for salads and frying chips at home.
Then , after I left Italy I did not use olive oil for about a decade; I grew to dislike the taste.
Started using it again about 20 years ago and now I love it.
You are a doctor, you already do know.
Note the label : not to be used for the other use.
FrancoMar 18, 2010 at 1:40 am #1587783
@derekoakLocale: North of England
Use as a lubricant is restricted if you have followed the recommendation to add hot chili oil!Mar 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm #1588627
I don't have the problem , so I cannot test this myself but I was wondering ( since it is the multi use thread) if olive oil and hot chili oil could be used as a substitute for Preparation H.
(I am thinking along the lines of using the heat to relieve pain)
I would appreciate very much if we could get a few to volunteer for this test.
FrancoMar 23, 2010 at 5:14 am #1589744
I'm thinking this would be the equivalent of putting icy hot on your genitals to make you run faster.Mar 27, 2010 at 9:32 am #1591377
@benenLocale: South Australia
you people are just plain nasty! hahaMay 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm #1610445
@yepLocale: sonoran desert
also great for:
dandruff/scalp on thrus
oil lamps, less toxic and cheaper than lamp/kerosene…make a lamp out of anythingMay 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm #1610491
@fre49Locale: France, vallée de la Loire
in winter i carry olive oil to add calories to my food, this time my wife lost our BB the first day of a 5 day hike in a no fire zone.
I ended using the oil in a candle lantern aluminium cup to heat water :)Sep 14, 2010 at 8:23 am #1645460
@fuzzLocale: Sunny San Diego
I just got a handful of packets from Subway Sandwiches of Extra Virgin Olive Oil / Canola Oil. Handy little 1/2 oz foil packets. Good source of free trail fodder.Oct 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm #1652109
Bacteria can't grow in Olive oil? I am having a REALLY hard time verifying that. I know they have found bacteria in all kinds of oil (including crude). Can anyone substantiate this?Oct 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm #1652132
up to a point …
"ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY. Olive polyphenols have been demonstrated to inhibit or delay the rate of growth bacteria such as Salmonella, Cholera, Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas, and Influenza in vitro. These data suggest a potential role of olive water polyphenol antioxidants in promoting intestinal and respiratory human and animal wellness, and as an antimicrobial food additive in pest management programs.
FrancoOct 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm #1654965
At the same time, this data is for pure olive oil. Infusing the oil may change these properties. In particular, garlic oil is a hotbed for bacteria and will go bad very quickly if not refrigerated.
EDIT: And by bad, I mean botulism bad. Great for the wrinkles, not much else.Feb 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm #1697544
How does shaving with it go over? I would imagine it would be terrible for your pores and not something you want to do often?Feb 23, 2011 at 11:31 pm #1700885
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