Olive oil

Sweet oil has been used for centuries in cooking, medicine, cleaning, and even beauty-care. Today, sweet oil is a staple in most households, but you probably know it by a different name. That translucent chartreuse oil sitting in your pantry is olive oil. Formerly labeled as "sweet" because of, you guessed it-- it's sweet taste in comparison to other oils. Sweet oil and olive oil are essentially the same.


Olive oil is an ancient commodity-- with documented references dating back to 5000 B.C. The Greek poet, Homer, referred to the oil as "liquid gold," referencing it's magical quality. In ancient Greece athletes rubbed it over their bodies to soothe sore muscles. It was also used in the embalming process for preservation. It was used in rituals to anoint holy individuals; there are even reports it was found in Egyptian King Tutankhamen's tomb. Olive oil even makes an appearance in the Bible and was revered by greats like King Solomon and King David.

Medicinal Uses

Sweet oil can be used to treat medical ailments:

  • Earache: sweet oil softens wax and lubricates the ear without leaving residue.  
  • Swimmer's Ear: a drop or two of olive oil in each ear can help move trapped water from the ears. 
  • Cuts and scrapes: olive oil is known to help aid in healing cuts and preventing infection of open wounds 
  • Cardiovascular health:
  • to use for medicinal purposes, you can find sweet oil in almost all health food stores, as well as some drug stores.

Culinary Uses

As mentioned before, olive oil is a staple in most households because of it's versatility and nutritional value. In terms of nutritional value it's a healthier form of fat than lard, shortening, butter, and margarine, and most cooking oils. Olive oil can be used endlessly in the kitchen-- as a cooking oil on the stove, a marinade for beef, poultry, and fish, a substitute in baking, salad dressings etc.

** Note: as with anything, olive oil should be consumed in moderation. Excessive use can cause GI issues, as well as interfere with some medications.