Ingredient Name: Olive Oil (Olea Europaea)
What is it? Olive oil is the liquid fat derived from olives and is rich in fats, including oleic acid, vitamin E, and polyphenols. Its medicinal uses have been documented as far back as ancient Greece, and the oil is still an important part of the Mediterranean culture today. Olive oil has been extensively studied for its beneficial qualities, including its anti-inflammatory properties, lipid content, restorative effects, and impressive phytonutrients, including squalene.
Why do we use it? We use olive oil in the Wonder Balm for its impressive actions against bacteria, fungi, and yeast along with its ability to soothe dry and itchy skin. We use it in the Breathe-Ease Balm as a moisturizer and carrier agent to deliver nutrients into the skin. We use only the highest quality cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil for our products.
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