Practical Magic: Olive Oil – The Holy Oil of Light

Olive Oil – The Holy Oil of Light 

Name: Olive oil

Most Commonly Found: Olive oil is a tree traditional crop from the Mediterranean Basin. Spain, Italy, and Austria are major producers. In the United States, it is produced primarily in California, Arizona, and Texas. While it is associated with the Mediterranean region, it's now common to find it throughout the world. 

Stone Cold Facts: Olive oil is the fat obtained from the olive that's produced by pressing olives. It's commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, soaps, and traditional oil lamps. 

 What to Heal: Olive oil contains numerous health benefits.

To begin, it has the ability to fight inflammation, making it healing for heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and arthritis. This is primarily from coelacanth and C-Reactive Protein.

There's also evidence that olive oil can reduce the expression of genes and proteins that mediate inflammation

The Mediterranean Diet as a whole has been proven to reduce heart attacks, stroke and death by up to 30 percent, so adding olive oil to the diet can help the heart. It helps the heart by reducing inflammation, protecting LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation damage, improving endothelial function, preventing blood clotting, and lowering blood pressure

There's also preliminary evidence that it may prevent cancer and Alzheimer's disease. 

It's also been said to improve circulation in the body, improving sex for many people. Some also say it is a weight-loss secret wedding, diabetes deterrent, pain reliever, skin saviour, and a pregnancy aid (Body and Soul). 

How to Heal: Olive oil can be used as an oil for food, can be an ingredient for skin care and can also be used as a natural lubricant. 

Related Chakras: Olive oil can be healing for the heart chakra. It can also be combined with other foods for chakra healing.

Spirituality + Psychic Properties: Olive oil is an essential component to the miracle in the Hanukkah story and it is essential in the bible at large. 

The Hebrew word for "olive tree" literally means "tree of oil," which also has the same root as "to shine." Therefore, in both the Jewish and Christian traditions, there's a holy significance to this oil. 

In Judaism, it was also used to light the menorah in the Holy Temple and was also used in anointing kings.

The Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican churches use it to prepare it for the Oil of Catechumens (used to bless and strengthen those preparing for Baptism) and Oil of the Sick.

In Islam, olive oil is mentioned in the Quranic verse:

"God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as (if there were) a niche and within it a lamp: the lamp is in a glass, the glass as it were a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself) though no fire touched it. Light upon Light! God guides to His Light whom He wills. And God sets forth parables for mankind, and God is All-Knower of everything." (سورة النور, An-Noor (The Light), Chapter #24, Verse #35)

History + Lore: Olives have been cultivated in the Mediterranean basin by the Neolithic people since the 8th millennium BC. Archeological evidence shows that olives were turned into olive oil by 6,000 BC and in 4,500 BC in present-day Israel. From there, its use for various purposes spread widely. 

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