1. Essential Oils – Can be extracted mechanically by pressing, or through a solvent such as steam, alcohol or CO2
It is a very stable oil and does not go rancid easily and can be stored without refrigeration for a year. The oil is made from the pulp and not the kernel and different qualities are available and range from extra virgin, virgin and pure. Extra virgin is obtained from the first pressing, while virgin oil comes from the second pressing and is normally lighter in color and less aromatic.
It contains good levels of essential fatty acids, alpha linolenic acid and when taken internally is said to assist with heart disease.
Applied externally it is useful for dehydrated, sore and inflamed skin and is also used as a remedy for arthritis when rubbed onto the affected parts. Olive oil can also be used in aromatherapy though the oil may be too heavy with the aroma being too overpowering, but olive oil could be added to a blend when massaging a mature or dry skin.