Almond oil

Almond oil ★★

Almond oil is a great anti inflammatory oil when its used on the skin or when its eaten. Some studies show that it may help protect your liver and may boost your immune system. One study noted that it may ease constipation and help ease irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Another study shows it may also reduce the risk of developing colon cancer.

Almond oil, like Almonds, can lower your LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL cholesterol levels, which is good news for your heart and arteries.

This oil has traditionally been used by some cultures to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It can also be applied on your skin to help keep it healthy.

Almond oil can also help calm your mind. In India, some students rub some oil on their skin before tests to help calm their nerves.

  1. Ahmad Z. The uses and properties of almond oil. Complementary Therapies In Clinical Practice. 2010;16(1):10-12.




Avocado Oil

One of Avocado oils’ ability is that it may help you absorb more caratenoids (like Beta carotene) from other foods you eat.1 Avocado oil may also help keep your heart healthy.2


  1. Salazar M, El Hafidi M, Pastelin G, Ramírez-Ortega M, Sánchez-Mendoza M. Effect of an avocado oil-rich diet over an angiotensin II-induced blood pressure response. Journal Of Ethnopharmacology [serial online]. April 26, 2005;98(3):335-338.
  2. Unlu N, Bohn T, Clinton S, Schwartz S. Carotenoid absorption from salad and salsa by humans is enhanced by the addition of avocado or avocado oil. The Journal Of Nutrition [serial online]. March 2005;135(3):431-436.



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Black seed oil

Black seed oil has shown some promising results against a range of cancers: leukemia, melanoma, cervix, non-malignant foreskin fibroblasts and breast cancers.1 There is also some indication that it can help relieve allergic reactions and it may be good for your hair and hair growth.2,3

  1. Effenberger K, Breyer S, Schobert R. Terpene conjugates of the Nigella sativa seed-oil constituent thymoquinone with enhanced efficacy in cancer cells. Chemistry & Biodiversity [serial online]. January 2010;7(1):129-139.
  2. Ulrich Kalus, Axel Pruss, Jaromir Bystron, Moric Jurecka, Alice Smekalova, Johannes Josef Lichius and Holger Kiesewetter PHYTOTHERAPY RESEARCH Phytother. Res. 17, 1209–1214 (2003)
  3. Kalus U, Pruss A, Bystron J, et al. Effect of Nigella sativa (black seed) on subjective feeling in patients with allergic diseases. Phytotherapy Research: PTR. 2003;17(10):1209-1214.




Borage Oil

Borage oil can be used to treat mild skin disorders like atopic dermatitis on both children and adults.1-3

  1. Foster R, Hardy G, Alany R. Borage oil in the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.) [serial online]. July 2010;26(7-8):708-718.
  2. Kanehara S, Ohtani T, Uede K, Furukawa F. Clinical effects of undershirts coated with borage oil on children with atopic dermatitis: a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. The Journal Of Dermatology [serial online]. December 2007;34(12):811-815.
  3. Kanehara S, Ohtani T, Uede K, Furukawa F. Undershirts coated with borage oil alleviate the symptoms of atopic dermatitis in children. European Journal Of Dermatology: EJD [serial online]. September 2007;17(5):448-449.


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Camphor Oil

Camphor oil is used as a sedative to relax the muscles when rubbed on the skin so its excellent for treating joint and muscle pains as well as cold sores and diseases. It may also be helpful for calming your mind when the vapors are inhaled. This may be useful for people who are nervous and jittery like those suffering from anxiety or depression. You can rub it on your skin or use it in a vaporizer as aromatherapy.

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Canola/Rapeseed Oil ★

Canola oil comes from Rapeseed, which is a species in the Brassica family, which includes Broccoli, Kale and Cauliflower. So it may possibly carry many of the health benefits also.

Canola oil has a good dose of Omega 3 fats in it and may also help you lower your LDL cholesterol levels too.1 It contains about two Omega 6’s for every 1 Omega 3 (2:1 ratio).

  1. Kendall C. Replacing dairy fat with rapeseed (canola) oil improves hyperlipidaemia–editorial. Journal Of Internal Medicine [serial online]. October 2011;270(4):343-345.

castor oil


Castor Oil

Castor Oil is a great oil to use on your skin and hair since it helps treat dermatitis and ringworm. When taken orally it can help with constipation and diarrhea.

Pregnant women should be very careful when taking castor oil orally because it has been shown to induce labor and it can also cause women to start lactating early.

The oil can also ease muscle and joint pains. You can do this by putting some castor oil on a gauze pad or a castor oil pack, put it on the sore area then wrap it in saran wrap or plastic to hold it there. Add a heating pad to help the skin absorb it faster.

  1. Castor Oil. Motherherbs.com. Castor. Located at http://www.motherherbs.com/castor.html. Accessed August 31, 2013.
  2. The Dr. Oz Show
  3. Tunaru S, Althoff T, Nüsing R, Diener M, Offermanns S. Castor oil induces laxation and uterus contraction via ricinoleic acid activating prostaglandin EP3 receptors. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America [serial online]. June 5, 2012;109(23):9179-9184.



Lemon Oil

Citrus Oil

Citrus oil contains compounds that can fight off bacteria and fungus and some parasites so applying citrus oil on infected area of the skin may help speed up healing. It’s a very effective anti inflammatory and antibacterial However, citrus oil can dry out the skin. One study showed that mixing the oil with some magnesium chloride salt (like Dead Sea salt) can enhance its effects.

  1. Mizrahi B, Shapira L, Domb A, Houri-Haddad Y. Citrus oil and MgCl2 as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents. Journal Of Periodontology [serial online]. June 2006;77(6):963-968.





Coconut Oil ★★

This is the oil that defies the basic mantras about good and bad fats. Most of the fats in Coconuts (and coconut oil) are saturated fats. However, communities around the world that eat coconuts regularly do not have the same health problems as those who eat a lot of unhealthy fats.

This oil is safe for people with diabetes because it can help lower blood sugar and there are some signs that it can help with weight loss, by affecting the thyroid gland when eaten regularly. It’s also great for the immune system because it has lauric acid, which is also be transferred to a nursing baby through a mother’s breast milk.

The oil helps you absorb calcium and magnesium better than you would without the oil present so this means that coconut oil can be great for your bones and teeth and can help calm your nerves. It can help curb bone diseases like osteoporosis, which means it can be very beneficial for middle aged women or those who have low bone density.

There are also some signs that it may help treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Another bonus to Coconut oil is that it doesn’t go rancid like other oils over time because it contains so many saturated fats so it lasts for a long time. It’s also great for cooking because it can withstand high temperatures.

  1. Mercola, J, Countless uses for coconut oil – the simple the strange and the downright odd. located at http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/11/18/coconut-oil-uses.aspx
  2. Amarasiri W, Dissanayake A. Coconut fats. The Ceylon Medical Journal [serial online]. June 2006;51(2):47-51.
  3. http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/charles-mattocks/benefits-coconut-oil




Corn Oil

Corn oil may help reduce total cholesterol levels. It also contains a high level of Vitamin E so it can keep the oil from going rancid over time.

Unfortunately Corn oil contains a 46:1 ratio of Omega 6 fatty acids to Omega 3’s. Omega 6’s are good but when we begin to eat too much Omega 6 fatty acids it begins to promote inflammation in the body rather than reduce it.

  1. St-Onge M, Aban I, Bosarge A, Gower B, Hecker K, Allison D. Snack chips fried in corn oil alleviate cardiovascular disease risk factors when substituted for low-fat or high-fat snacks. The American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition [serial online]. June 2007;85(6):1503-1510.
  2. Dupont J, White P, Carpenter M, et al. Food uses and health effects of corn oil. Journal Of The American College Of Nutrition [serial online]. October 1990;9(5):438-470.
  3. http://www.sharecare.com/question/why-is-canola-oil-healthier-than-olive-oil





Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Oil can help clear up nasal congestion and help fight off the flu, common cold, and other respiratory infections. It can be toxic for children to take orally. It’s safer to inhale the fumes from the bottle as aromatherapy, through an inhalation device, or applied to the skin. You can also dip a cloth in water mixed with Eucalyptus oil and inhale it.

  1. Sadlon A, Lamson D. Immune-modifying and antimicrobial effects of Eucalyptus oil and simple inhalation devices. Alternative Medicine Review: A Journal Of Clinical Therapeutic [serial online]. April 2010;15(1):33-47.
  2. The Dr. Oz Show
  3. The Dr. Oz Show



evening primrose


Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil has been used for years to treat diseases that are linked to chronic inflammation like dermatitis and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s also very good for treating any skin ailments like eczema and dermatitis. Because it’s such an effective anti inflammatory it may possibly be effective at fighting off cancers but no live animal/human studies have been done yet. The oil can be applied to skin or taken in small doses. Check with a doctor or pharmacist first because there can be some side effects like gas and headaches for some.

  1. Bayles B, Usatine R. Evening primrose oil. American Family Physician [serial online]. December 15, 2009;80(12):1405-1408.
  2. Morse N, Clough P. A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials of Efamol evening primrose oil in atopic eczema. Where do we go from here in light of more recent discoveries?. Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology [serial online]. December 2006;7(6):503-524.
  3. Arimura T, Kojima-Yuasa A, Kennedy D, Matsui-Yuasa I. Reactive oxygen species-independent G1 arrest induced by evening primrose extract in Ehrlich ascites tumor cells. Cancer Letters [serial online]. April 15, 2004;207(1):19-25.




Fish Oil ★★

Fish oil may be one of the healthiest oils that’s readily available. Fish oil contains a hefty dose of the bio-active form of Omega 3 called DHA, which is very good for your a variety of things relating to your brain, heart, mood and skin. It also contains a form of Omega 3 called EPA, which the body can easily convert to DHA. The Omega 3’s in fish oil also means that it’s great for those with diabetes because it will not raise your blood sugar levels and will help you lose weight when taken over a period of time combined with exercise. As a natural blood thinner, it can also help keep your blood from clotting. The oil can help get rid of heart arrhythmia and strengthen your heart muscles.

The Omega 3’s (mainly) make the oil a very powerful anti inflammatory and a very effective weapon against all cancers and Alzheimer’s.

One surprising thing about Fish oil is that it may help lower the risk of heart disease but especially in African Americans. African Americans tend to have a variant of a gene that increases the risk of heart disease, which makes them more likely to develop the disease over time.5 However, one small study shows that Fish oil may actually level the playing field for African Americans by lowering their risk of developing heart disease even more than other ethnic groups, to a level so that their risks for developing the disease are essentially the same.

There may be a catch to the benefits of fish oil according to a review of 38 studies involving close to 800,000 people. The review found that fish oil supplements did not reduce the risk of having a stroke. They did find, however, that 2-4 servings of Fish per week was associated with a 6% lower risk of stroke while 5 or more servings showed a 12% risk reduction.8

In addition, another review of 20 studies from 1989-2012, that involved over 68,000 people and lasting from 1 to 6.2 years using anywhere from 270mg-6,000mg of EPA and or DHA per day from Fish oil supplements, showed that it did not lower the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and all forms of death in people. It’s important to note that these findings were from fish oil supplements and not from eating fish itself.9

The best dose of fish oil to take is about 1 gram per day. 1 gram = 1000 milligrams (mg), which comes out to about 2 or 3 fish oil soft gels depending on the brand. You can take more depending on what health condition you may have but 1 gram per day is a good amount.

It’s also important to note that eating Fish itself may be better for you than taking supplements because fish contains additional nutrients that can help you even more than the Omega 3 oils alone. Click Here to see different kinds of Fish and their health benfits.

To find out more about the great health benefits of Omega 3’s click here

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  2. de Leiris J, de Lorgeril M, Boucher F. Fish oil and heart health. Journal Of Cardiovascular Pharmacology [serial online]. November 2009;54(5):378-384.
  3. Furuhjelm C, Warstedt K, Larsson J, et al. Fish oil supplementation in pregnancy and lactation may decrease the risk of infant allergy. Acta Paediatrica (Oslo, Norway: 1992) [serial online]. September 2009;98(9):1461-1467.
  4. Peoples G, McLennan P, Howe P, Groeller H. Fish oil reduces heart rate and oxygen consumption during exercise. Journal Of Cardiovascular Pharmacology [serial online]. December 2008;52(6):540-547.
  5. Mozaffarian D, Geelen A, Brouwer I, Geleijnse J, Zock P, Katan M. Effect of fish oil on heart rate in humans: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Circulation [serial online]. September 27, 2005;112(13):1945-1952.
  6. The Dr. Oz Show
  7. Armstrong P, Kelley D, Stephensen C, et al. Arachidonate 5-lipoxygenase gene variants affect response to fish oil supplementation by healthy african americans. The Journal Of Nutrition [serial online]. August 2012;142(8):1417-1428.
  8. Chowdhury R ,Stevens S ,Gorman D ,Pan A ,Warnakula S ,Chowdhury S ,et al. Association between fish consumption, long chain omega 3 fatty acids, and risk of cerebrovascular disease: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2012;345:e6698
  9. Rizos EC, Ntzani EE, Bika E, Kostapanos MS, Elisaf MS. Association Between Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation and Risk of Major Cardiovascular Disease Events: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2012;308(10):1024-1033. doi:10.1001/2012.jama.11374



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Flaxseed Oil ★★

Flaxseed oil is rich in Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), which is a type of Omega 3 fatty acid. This type of Omega 3 is helpful in reducing the risk for heart disease and inflammation in the arteries.

This oil is especially helpful in the winter months when your blood is thicker. The oil allows your blood to flow more smoothly through the arteries and not clot as easily, which is why it’s great at reducing the risk for heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.

Flaxseed oil has more Omega 6 than Omega 3. Depending on your diet the oil may or may not be the best for you to have since too much Omega 6 in your diet can increase inflammation in your body. The ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 is 1:3.

Mix Cranberry juice with Flaxseed oil to help your health. Fill a shot glass halfway with cranberry juice, add 4 drops of stevia (or sugar or honey if you prefer) and fill the rest with flaxseed oil.

  1. Prasad K. Flaxseed and cardiovascular health. Journal Of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. 2009;54(5):369-377.
  2. Bassett C, Rodriguez-Leyva D, Pierce G. Experimental and clinical research findings on the cardiovascular benefits of consuming flaxseed. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, And Metabolism = Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition Et Métabolisme 2009;34(5):965-974.
  3. The Dr. Oz Show




Garlic Oil ★

Garlic oil, like Garlic, is a very powerful anti inflammatory that may also help fight off cancer. Specifically colon cancer according to one study done on rats.

It’s a great ancient treatment for ear infections. Add a few drops of warm oil into the ear for 15 minutes and repeat every 1-2 hours.

  1. The Dr. Oz Show
  2. Altonsy M, Andrews S. Diallyl disulphide, a beneficial component of garlic oil, causes a redistribution of cell-cycle growth phases, induces apoptosis, and enhances butyrate-induced apoptosis in colorectal adenocarcinoma cells (HT-29). Nutrition And Cancer [serial online]. 2011;63(7):1104-1113.





Hazelnut Oil

Hazelnut oil is a great source of Omega 3’s. You can use it in salads but it’s not very useful for cooking because it can’t stand high temperatures.

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Krill Oil ★★

Krill oil, like Fish oil, is very good at treating inflammation of all types from low grade inflammation to arthritis of all types.

What makes Krill oil so special is that the Omega 3’s acids in Krill do not break down as fast as they do in Fish oil so most of the Omega 3’s are still in tact by the time you ingest it. On the other hand though, Krill oil does not have as much total Omega 3’s in it to begin with as fish oil does.

Because Omega 3’s have a blood thinning effect to it, you may want to talk to your doctor first if you are taking any blood thinning medication and would also like to take Fish or Krill oils too.



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Lavender Oil

Lavender oil can be used to help treat anxiety and nervousness, when used as aromatherapy or when it’s massaged into the skin. It can also help you sleep a little more soundly especially when your sleep is affected by anxiety.

One small study on humans showed that Lavender oil pills may be as effective as other benzodiazepine medicines (i.e: anxiety medications like Ativan and Xanax) to relieve general anxiety disorders.

It may be help treat the symptoms associated with dementia.

Note: Compounds in lavender oil can behave like certain hormones like estrogen and may block testosterone so use it sparingly on children.

One other use of the oil is that it can help heal your dry and cracked skin. Here is a recipe from the The Dr. Oz Show.

Home Remedy for Dry, Cracked Hands and Feet

Method: In a large glass jar, add 2 cups of olive oil, 1 cup sea salt, 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of lemon essential oil. Stir well. Scoop out 1/4 cup and massage well into affected area. Rinse well with cool water; pat dry.

Verdict: It works! The olive oil and lemon oil supplement the natural oil your skin produces to seal in moisture. Sea salt has a high magnesium content that helps to fight inflammation. Finally, lavender oil helps to moisturize and has anti-inflammatory properties because it contains Eucalyptus, which can work to prevent eczema.

  1. Kasper S, Gastpar M, Müller W, et al. Silexan, an orally administered Lavandula oil preparation, is effective in the treatment of ‘subsyndromal’ anxiety disorder: a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial. International Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2010;25(5):277-287.
  2. Woelk H, Schläfke S. A multi-center, double-blind, randomised study of the Lavender oil preparation Silexan in comparison to Lorazepam for generalized anxiety disorder. Phytomedicine: International Journal Of Phytotherapy And Phytopharmacology. 2010;17(2):94-99.
  3. Eppingstall B, O’Connor D. The study protocol of a blinded randomised-controlled cross-over trial of lavender oil as a treatment of behavioural symptoms in dementia. BMC Geriatrics [serial online]. 2010;10:49. Available from: MEDLINE with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed October 5, 2010.
  4. O’Connor D. The study protocol of a blinded randomised-controlled cross-over trial of lavender oil as a treatment of behavioural symptoms in dementia. BMC. 2010;10:49.
  5. Jäger W, Buchbauer G, Jorovetz L, Fritzer M: Percutaneous absorption of lavender oil from a massage oil. J Soc Cosmet Chem 1992, 43:49-54.
  6. The Dr. Oz Show



lemon balm


Lemon Balm Oil

Lemon balm is an herb that your can grow in your garden. It is a natural and ancient way to help reduce anxiety. Take 300-500mg three times per day to help decrease your anxiety. It also comes as an herbal supplement or tea.



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Macadamia Nut Oil

Macadamia oil is good for cooking because it’s low in polyunsaturated fats whereas Olive oil has more. Also this oil does not go rancid when used for cooking even at low temperatures like Olive and Canola oils. It is four times more stable than Canola oil and twice as stable as Olive oil for cooking. This oil is high in antioxidants and it contains about 4 1/2 times more vitamin E than Olive oil.



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Olive Oil ★★★

It’s probably the healthiest oil you can eat. Olive oil helps with nearly every ailment you may have from preventing sunburn, to fighting cancer and it’s one of the major components of the Mediterranean Diet.

Olive oil is filled with many monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (the good fats). These fats have a very strong anti inflammatory effect on the body and can help reduce the risks of cancer, specifically, colon and breast cancers. About 20% of breasts cancers are caused by a defect in the HER2/neu gene. The Oleic acid in Olive oil helps suppress the gene’s activity, which can help prevent the cancer before it starts.

Olive oil can also prevent heart disease by keeping your arteries from hardening up and by lowering your LDL cholesterol levels and increase your HDL cholesterol levels. It can also boost your immune system. The oil is an anti bacterial and full of antioxidants also. Olive oil contain a compound called luteolin, which has been shown to reduce inflammation in the brain, which may also mean that it may possibly help to reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Concerning sunburn, you can apply olive oil on your skin to help keep some of the dangerous UVB sunrays from damaging your skin. You can eat a few tablespoons per day to get the health benefits and you can massage it into your skin to help keep your skin firmer and shiny. You can also add it to your hair to help keep it healthy.

Olive oil can help fight off infections in the intestines and lungs.

When looking for Olive oil make sure that the bottle (or can) says Extra Virgin Olive Oil and make sure it also says Cold Pressed. This ensures that you get the best out of the oil.

Concerning the oil itself, oil hates light and can go rancid (spoil) if left in the light for a long time. The light starts a reaction that destroys the healthy fats and lowers the antioxidant content. It’s the antioxidants that help keep the oil from spoiling. Keep your Olive oil in a dark place when you’re not using it. Unfortunately, most if not all Olive oils (and many other oils) are sold in clear glass containers, which constantly exposes them to sunlight or the lights in the store. Your best bet is to buy a small bottle of oil and a can of olive oil and refill your bottle when it runs out. The cans are great option because the oil is never exposed to light until it is poured out. Refilling a small bottle doesn’t give it much time to go bad before you need to fill it again.

Fresh Olive oil should leave a peppery or spicy taste in your mouth when you taste it. Oil that’s going rancid has a turpentine-like smell, can leave a greasy feeling in your mouth, and begin to smell like crayons or putty.

Lastly, you should consider the type of olives used in the oil. The Pictual (a Spanish Olive), Moriaolo (from Umbria, Italy, east of Tuscany) and Koroneiki (from Greece) olives are like super Olives because they contain more antioxidants and healthy compounds than other Olives. Look at the label to find out which olives were used in the oil.

The healthy fats in Olive oil help you absorb a very strong antioxidant called lutein. Lutein helps protect your eyes from disease and helps prevent macular degeneration from age. So try to eat Olive oil with lutein rich foods like Eggs, Avocados, Figs and Squash. Lutein rich foods are generally red, yellow or orange in color. This can be a great anti inflammatory and chronic inflammation fighter

As great as Olive oil is, it does have somewhat of a dark side. Olive oil is not great for cooking at all because it cannot handle high temperatures very well and goes rancid quickly once it’s exposed to cooking heat. Exposing it to heat can cause a reaction that creates lipid peroxides, which are highly reactive molecules that can damage cells and DNA. Light also causes Olive oil to go rancid. Walking through your local supermarket, you will likely find that several of the Olive oil bottles on the shelves are clear glass bottles, which is a bad thing. Go for the bottles that are dark colored bottles instead. Besides helping to keep the oil from going rancid, it is also an indicator that the oil is pure extra virgin oil.

Olive oil fraud is an extensive and worldwide industry. One study found that up to 65% of Extra Virgin Olive oils did not meet the standards for Extra Virgin or were not even Olive oil at all. Click here to watch more about the study featured on the Doctor Oz show.

Olive oil also contains more Omega 6’s than it does Omega 3 fatty acids. Most oils contain Omega 6 fatty acids and we get way too much in our diets. Olive oil contains 13 times more Omega 6’s than it does Omega 3’s. Omega 6’s promote inflammation in the body when we consume too much of them so if you eat Olive Oil regularly make sure you help balance it out by regularly eating another Omega 3 rich food or oil like Fish or Fish oil supplements, Canola oil or other cold water seafoods.

Overall, Olive oil is a healthy oil but when it comes to getting Omega 3’s it doesn’t match up so if your goal is to get more Omega 3’s in your diet, limit your intake of olive oil and go for the more Omega 3 rich oils like Canola or Flaxseed oil.

Here are some additional uses for Olive oil obtained from the The Dr. Oz Show:

Olive Oil as Shaving Cream

Method: Lather legs with olive oil, and then shave your legs as usual.

Verdict: True beauty! Olive oil is a very effective moisturizer and lubricant.

Olive Oil for Healthy Hair

Method: Massage olive oil into hair and cover with a shower cap. Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse clean.

Verdict: True beauty! Olive oil conditions your hair and adds shine. The monounsaturated fatty acids help to protect your hair and make it softer and more manageable.

Home Remedy for Dry, Cracked Hands and Feet

Method: In a large glass jar, add 2 cups of olive oil, 1 cup sea salt, 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of lemon essential oil. Stir well. Scoop out 1/4 cup and massage well into affected area. Rinse well with cool water; pat dry.  

Verdict: It works! The olive oil and lemon oil supplement the natural oil your skin produces to seal in moisture. Sea salt has a high magnesium content that helps to fight inflammation. Finally, lavender oil helps to moisturize and has anti-inflammatory properties because it contains eucalyptus, which can work to prevent eczema.

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  8. Olive oil and tree nuts seem to improve cholesterol levels. Myhealthnewsdaily, located at  http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/monounsaturated-fats-lower-cholesterol-levels-0659/
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Oregano Oil (Oil of Oregano) ★★

This oil is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial oil. You can put some in hot water and inhale the steam to help clear up congestion, coughs and colds. Do this for a few minutes. Drape a towel over your head while inhaling the steam. You can find it in health food stores.

You can use it for many ailments in your body. It’s antibacterial, anti fungal anti parasitic.

It kills germs in your gut by weakening the outer envelope or shield that bad germs in your gut tend to have in order to keep your immune cells from attacking them. The main compound in the oil that does this is called carvacrol. Use enteric coated capsules and look for capsules that contain at least 50% carvacrol on it.

It can also help kill germs in your mouth. You can add a drop to your toothbrush and brush with it and it can be done with toothpaste on your brush too. It contains a compound called thymol that’s a common antiseptic in mouthwash. This is great because your mouth is a common place where the cold or flu virus can enter your body. Oil of Oregano will help kill these germs. This would be a perfect to use during cold and flu season.

You can also use the oil to kill bacteria on your skin so it can help with rosacea and acne. You can mix Oil of Oregano with a carrier oil like Sesame oil or Olive oil to keep it from potentially damaging your skin while killing germs.

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Palm Oil ★

Palm oil is actually not a bad oil but many food companies have helped give this oil a bad name. Many food manufacturers infuse the oil with hydrogen and turning it into a hydrogenated oil that is full of bad saturated and trans fats. You may have seen this on the ingredient list of packaged foods as “Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernal Oil”. About half of its fats are saturated fats and roughly half of the other fats are mono and polyunsaturated fats (MUFA’s and PUFA’s). Like coconut oil this oil is one of the special oils that contain a lot of saturated fats but is healthy. The saturated fats break down quickly in the body instead of being stored up like other saturated and trans fats do.

The oil is a rich source of Vitamin E. It contains a little over 2 mg per tablespoon, which is a lot considering the recommended daily value for adults is 15 mg.


Red Palm Fruit Oil 7 ★★

Red palm oil is a very strong anti inflammatory food that contains carotenes and lycopene. Lycopene is the main antioxidant in Tomatoes and Watermelon. These carotenes also give tomatoes and carrots their red and orange colors. It’s also has a hefty dose of a form of vitamin E called alpha tocotriol, which can help increase the flow of blood to your brain and help protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia. The antioxidants in this oil are very potent cancer fighters especially the combination of carotenes and Vitamin E.

The oil contains a lot of palmitic and oleic acids, which are Omega 9 fatty acids. Because this oil has more medium and short chain fatty acids than Fish and Olive oils, it is solid at room temperature (like Coconut oil). but this oil is different. it is perfect for cooking with because it can withstand temperatures from cooking.  What makes this oil so great is that it is more versatile than other healthy oils like Fish oil and Olive oil, which have a lot of omega 3 fatty acids that makes them not so great for cooking with.

Research is showing that the antioxidants in the oil can help protect against arthritis, asthma, cataracts, macular degeneration and help protect against liver disease. Also, like Tomatoes, Watermelon and Olive Oil, it can help protect your skin against UV rays from the sun (Don’t use it as a substitute for sunscreen though).

Palm Kernel oil

This oil is extracted from the kernel of the palm fruit. It contains more of the saturated fats than Palm oil but this makes it good for cooking with. Many processed foods have this oil as an ingredient.

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  5. The Dr. Oz Show
  6. http://www.sharecare.com/question/why-is-canola-oil-healthier-than-olive-oil
  7. The Dr. Oz Show




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Peanut Oil

Peanut oil is high in monounsaturated fats (MUFA’s) and low in saturated fats. It’s also great for cooking since it can withstand higher temperatures than other oils that are high in monounsaturated fats.

One study done on rats is showing that the oil may help reduce your bad cholesterol levels (LDL cholesterol) and raise your good cholesterol levels (HDL cholesterol). Because of the fats it contains and the possible cholesterol benefit, the oil may help maintain your heart health.

  1. Stephens A, Dean L, Davis J, Osborne J, Sanders T. Peanuts, peanut oil, and fat free peanut flour reduced cardiovascular disease risk factors and the development of atherosclerosis in Syrian golden hamsters. Journal Of Food Science [serial online]. May 2010;75(4):H116-H122



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Pumpkin seed Oil

One study done on rats is showing that the oil may help lower your blood pressure, which reduces your chances of having a heart attack and stroke as well.

  1. El-Mosallamy A, Sleem A, Abdel-Salam O, Shaffie N, Kenawy S. Antihypertensive and cardioprotective effects of pumpkin seed oil. Journal Of Medicinal Food [serial online]. February 2012;15(2):180-18


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Rice Bran Oil

Rice Bran oil is excellent at reducing your bad cholesterol levels (LDL cholesterol levels) 1-5. It may even be more effective when it’s combined with Safflower oil. It should be part of a healthy diet to help reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease.

  1. Kuriyan R, Gopinath N, Vaz M, Kurpad A. Use of rice bran oil in patients with hyperlipidaemia. The National Medical Journal Of India [serial online]. November 2005;18(6):292-296.
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  3. Lai M, Chen Y, Chen Y, Chang J, Cheng H. Effects of rice bran oil on the blood lipids profiles and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes patients. Journal Of Clinical Biochemistry And Nutrition [serial online]. July 2012;51(1):15-18.
  4. This observation is of particular interest with regard to dietary intervention with RBO. Sugano M, Koba K, Tsuji E. Health benefits of rice bran oil. Anticancer Research [serial online]. September 1999;19(5A):3651-3657.
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Safflower Oil

Safflower Oil

Safflower oil contains the most energy per gram when compared with other edible oils. This makes it a great natural fighter of fatigue and tiredness. It can deliver energy to your body without the energy spikes and crashes brought on by caffeinated or sugary drinks.

It may help reduce belly fat and help improve the health of those with type 2 diabetes. However, the studies are not available yet but mainly individuals have attested to its effectivness. One small study though was done on post-menopausal showing that safflower oil caused a significant drop in their belly fat.

Safflower oil is a healthy oil but it would be better to use this oil sparingly because of the calories.

  1. Norris L, Collene A, Asp M, et al. Comparison of dietary conjugated linoleic acid with safflower oil on body composition in obese postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition [serial online]. September 2009;90(3):468-476.



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Sesame Oil ★★

(Also in Seeds)

This oil may be one of the best oils for your skin and hair. Sesame oil is the base oil for many Ayurvedic oils and it has been a traditional health food for many many centuries in India.

The oil is composed almost entirely of poly and mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s and PUFA’s) yet its still good for frying with. The oil is excellent at preventing heart disease by lowing blood pressure. It is also good for treating diabetes especially when you are taking glibenclamide, which is a diabetic medicine. The combination lowers blood sugar and blood pressure, which relieves the strain put on your heart and arteries and lowers your risk of a heart attack and or stroke. One study even found that the combination may possibly lower your HbA1c levels.

The oil has a calming effect on your nervous system so it may be good to take a few minutes in the morning to massage some into your skin (as long as you’re not allergic to the oil).

  1. Sankar D, Ali A, Sambandam G, Rao R. Sesame oil exhibits synergistic effect with anti-diabetic medication in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Clinical Nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland) [serial online]. June 2011;30(3):351-358.
  2. Sotnikova R, Ponist S, Bauerova K, et al. Effects of sesame oil in the model of adjuvant arthritis. Neuro Endocrinology Letters [serial online]. 2009;30 Suppl 1:22-24.
  3. The Dr. Oz Show



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Shark Oil/Shark Liver Oil ★★

In many northern countries like Japan, Norway and Iceland, this oil is an ancient medicine. It can help boost the immune system. Shark liver oil has been used in combination with other cancer drugs to help fight off cancer and illnesses that come from x-ray and other types of imaging radiation by boosting the production of white blood cells.

For those not dealing with cancer, the oil has a very large amount of alkylglycerols and squaline, which are very powerful natural antioxidants that can fight off bacteria and viruses like the flu, swine flu, or the common cold and may even help boost sperm production.

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  2. Deniau A, Mosset P, Pédrono F, Mitre R, Le Bot D, Legrand A. Multiple beneficial health effects of natural alkylglycerols from shark liver oil. Marine Drugs [serial online]. 2010;8(7):2175-2184.



spikenard oil

Spikenard Oil (Jatamansi)

This oil is a very effective sedative. In Ayurveda it’s used to calm down hysteria, mental instability, epilepsy and many other neurological disorders. It’s very calming to the nervous system. You can mix the oil with Sesame Oil (if you’re not allergic) and rub it into your head to help calm you down.

This oil can also promote hair growth and help your hair maintain its color.

The oil makes a good insect repellant as well. It’s an anti spasmodic so it helps with heart palpitations and any spasms occurring in your body.

It can also help calm down a heavy menstrual flow. As an anti inflammatory it can help heal rashes, inflammation and even some allergies.

Spikenard oil is commonly used as a fragrance also.

  1. motherherbs.com, Mother herbs and agro products, Spikenard oil, located at http://www.motherherbs.com/spikenard-oil.html




Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s). In Ayurvedic treatments this oil is better for massaging into the skin for Ayurvedic Kapha types because it’s lighter than Sesame Oil.

  1. Roche H. Olive oil, high-oleic acid sunflower oil and CHD. The British Journal Of Nutrition [serial online]. January 2001;85(1):3-4.



tea tree oil

Tea Tree Oil ★★

Tea tree oil is an oil that has a lot of potential especially with skin diseases. There is evidence that Tea tree oil can help treat a drug resistant form of melanoma. The study was done on melanoma cells but not in humans yet. It has been shown, however, that the oil is a powerful anti inflammatory and can help treat cancer.

The oil may also be a potential treatment for psoriasis and other bacterial and fungal skin infections as well as toenail fungus because it is a very strong anti viral, anti bacterial, anti microbial oil perhaps the most powerful of all the oils.  You can find Tea tree oil in some shampoos. However, it may cause an allergic skin reaction in some people (contact dermatitis) so be careful before using it liberally. Because it’s such a strong antimicrobial it can help fight off the flu and common cold and it can help heal wounds especially those that do not completely close and tend to reopen.

For many centuries, Tea tree oil has been used as medicine. Studies have only been done in the past few decades shining a light on the health benefits of Tea tree oil.

Note: Tea tree oil in the human body can behave like certain hormones such as estrogen and end up blocking testosterone so use it sparingly on children.

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  2. Halcón L, Milkus K. Staphylococcus aureus and wounds: a review of tea tree oil as a promising antimicrobial. American Journal Of Infection Control [serial online]. November 2004;32(7):402-408.
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  5. Pazyar N, Yaghoobi R. Tea tree oil as a novel antipsoriasis weapon. Skin Pharmacology And Physiology [serial online]. 2012;25(3):162-163.
  6. Ramage G, Milligan S, Culshaw S, et al. Antifungal, cytotoxic, and immunomodulatory properties of tea tree oil and its derivative components: potential role in management of oral candidosis in cancer patients. Frontiers In Microbiology [serial online]. 2012;3:220.
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Tamanu Oil

The oil is good for virtually anything that has to do with the skin; burns, cuts, bruises, blisters, abrasions, rashes, boils, bites and stings. And, as a bonus, it can get rid of acne quite fast.

  1. The Dr. Oz Show



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Peppermint Oil ★★

Peppermint oil is excellent at relaxing muscles, especially muscles in the digestive tract, which is why peppermint oil may be an effective treatment for Irritable bowel syndrome. The oil must be taken in capsule form because it can also cause acid reflux and heartburn by loosening the sphincter that separates the esophagus and the stomach. If taken as an enema it may help stop intestinal spasms. The oil should not be taken for this if you have gallstones or gallbladder inflammation. Also, like Grapefruits, it can also boost the levels of any medicines you may be taking in your blood so check with your doctor before taking it regularly.

When peppermint oil is rubbed into your skin it can reduce swelling especially around the joints. If you rub the oil into your temples it can help get rid of headaches. This also works really well for children. It is used regularly in Ayurvedic treatments.

It’s also a natural pesticide because of two compounds called pulegone and menthone. These compounds help give peppermint their characteristic mint smell.

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  3. Ford A, Talley N, Spiegel B, et al. Effect of fibre, antispasmodics, and peppermint oil in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.) [serial online]. 2008;337:a2313.
  4. The Dr. Oz Show


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Walnut Oil

Walnut oil is a great source of Omega 3’s. Because of it’s light nature it’s not a good oil to cook with because it can’t stand high temperatures. It’s best used in salads.

The oil may also help stabilize or lower blood sugar levels and help keep your blood pressure stable in stressful situations.

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  2. The Dr. Oz Show





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