Did you know that olive oil and breast milk are surprisingly similar and therefore share many common benefits for baby health.
I have been using Olive oil since so many years now, specifically Figaro Olive oil. Initially, I started adding it to pasta and salads to reap the benefits of antioxidants in it including the potent Vitamin E. It has been a great boon for my skin and hair health.
Since then, I started exploring its benefits by using it on my baby. To my surprise, it did wonders to my baby’s skin, hair, and nails health.
Figaro Olive oil comes in two categories
- Extra virgin olive oil: This is an olive oil with a taste, smell, and color which is perfect and the maximum acidity is not greater than 1°. It is an unrefined oil and is the highest-quality olive oil.
- Olive oil: Obtained by mixing refined olive oil and extra virgin olive oil, this olive oil comes with a pleasant aroma, a smoother taste, and a golden colour.
Olive oil, including extra virgin, is largely considered safe for babies, except in some cases for which I have advised precaution below. With that in mind, let’s have a look at the various benefits associated with Figaro olive oil for babies.
Benefits for Skin
Olive oil has proven positive effects on the baby’s skin. Thanks to its antioxidant properties and presence of vitamins A and E which help in protecting skin from damage as well as for moisturizing the skin. Extra Virgin is even more effective and due to its purity, its much recommended for the skin.
I have curated a list of several benefits associated with using Figaro Olive oil on baby’s skin below. Let’s have a look at them.
#1. Baby Massage
Most mothers massage their babies before giving them a bath. Figaro Olive oil is good for massage as it calms down the baby and promotes relaxation. It also has a positive influence on their health as it helps in
- soothing baby to sleep
- moisturizing the baby skin
- strengthening muscle and bones
- reducing instances of crying
- increasing blood circulation
To massage your baby with Figaro olive oil, you can mix it with equal parts of water and start massaging with this mixture for about 15 minutes. You can then bathe the baby with lukewarm water.
Safety Tip: Olive oil is not recommended for babies with sensitive skin or skin allergies like eczema as it could make it worse. The oleic acid present in olive oil could increase moisture loss from your baby’s skin through patches of eczema which can lead to severe skin problems and inflammation.
#2. Moisturises the skin
Figaro Olive oil easily penetrates into the inner layers of the skin, thus adding proper moisture to the skin, making it soft and supple.You can apply it on your baby’s skin immediately after the bath.
As it stays on skin for 3-5 hours depending upon the skin type, if your baby’s skin requires more moisture, you can apply it once or twice a day too. It is good to be used on whole body including on baby’s face.
Fun Fact: In ancient Egypt, they used olive oil alongside beeswax as a cleanser, moisturizer, and antibacterial agent.
#3. For Cradle Cap
Figaro Olive oil is found effective in curing cradle cap, a form of dandruff that leads to the large, greasy, and yellow/brown scales on your baby’s scalp. This is often noticed on the baby’s head shortly after birth.
Olive oil, because of its hydrating properties, acts as a natural remedy in removing cradle caps in infants. Follow the below instructions to remove these cradle cap.
- Soak the crusts on the scalp by applying the figaro olive oil onto it
- Massage the scalp and allow the oil to soak overnight
- Wash the scalp in the morning with lukewarm water and mild baby shampoo
- Later, use a comb to gently remove the loosened crust from the infant’s scalp.
#4. Treating diaper rashes
Mommies, Figaro olive oil is here for you to deal with your baby’s diaper rashes too. It works by creating a barrier between the baby’s skin and the urine or feces. This will help both in prevention and as well as cure of diaper rashes.
Say bye to those diaper rash creams by making a homemade emulsion of this olive oil and water. Applying this emulsion at least 3 times a day, helps in healing the rashes in a day or two.
For making this emulsion, you have to
- mix 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil with 1 teaspoon of water
- whip this mixture thoroughly
- rub it on your palms
- gently apply it over the affected area
However, if the problem persists, it’s better to contact a doctor.
#5. Using as a cleaning agent
It is advised to use olive oil for cleaning baby’s nose and navel. Figaro’s Extra Virgin olive oil functions as a lubricant and softens the accumulated dirt, which in a way helps in easy cleaning of these parts.
#6. Repairs damaged skin
Since, babies have a sensitive skin, Figaro olive oil helps in repairing damaged skin cells due to exposure from sun’s UV rays, cigarette smoke, and other forms of environmental pollution, thus helping in protecting against skin cancer.
This is because olive oil contains antioxidants such as vitamin E and polyphenols that help to neutralize the free radicals in the skin created by these pollutants and UV rays.
#7. Natural lip balm
Figaro Olive oil is a natural healer for chapped and dry lips. When used daily, it softens your baby’s lips leaving behind pink shiny lips. It can be used directly like any lip balm on lips.
Tip: Apply some Extra virgin Figaro olive oil on your baby’s lips when baby is asleep, so that it gets absorbed well.
Benefits for Hair
#8. For Long and Strong Hair
Figaro Olive oil does wonders for your baby’s hair health. You can start using it on baby’s hair right from the first month itself. This Olive oil works well to nourish baby’s hair as it helps in
- Growth as well as for strengthening your baby’s hair
- Softening frizzy and coarse hair
- Reducing the itchiness on your baby’s scalp
When used before hair wash, it works as a natural conditioner while using it after the hair wash, it nourishes your baby’s hair.
Tip: Heating the figaro olive oil until lukewarm and then applying on your little one’s hair facilitates better absorption and locking of moisture into baby’s hair.
Benefits for Nails
#9. For better nail health
As Olive oil easily penetrates into the skin and nails, it helps to repair damage and soften nails and cuticles. Using it on regular basis leads to better nail strength and health, leading to naturally shining nails.
Tip: Regularly apply it on your baby’s nails during bedtime and see the results in just a few days.
Benefits as a Food
#10. For baby’s growing years
Olive oil has a rich nutritional value with monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B as well as antioxidants that help in baby’s growth and development, which makes it very beneficial for culinary use.
It is recommended to use olive oil for babies only after 6 months of their age. When using olive oil in baby food recipes, extra virgin olive oil is mostly recommended, as it being the purest form of olive oil and contains a greater amount of antioxidants.
Tip: Ensure not to use more than ¼ teaspoon of olive oil in 2 ounces of baby food, as excess consumption of olive oil can cause diarrhea.
#11. For baby’s brain development
Provided used in right quantity, the oleic acid present in olive oil enables the growth and development of your child’s brain. So get creative mommy, you can drizzle it over the purees or even add it to mashed potatoes!
It is very healthy oil for cooking at low temperatures. As it has a low smoke point, so it starts releasing unhealthy chemicals if heated to high temperatures.
Weight Gain Benefits
#12. Helps in weight gain
A detailed research conducted on the effect of olive oil massage on preterm infants had concluded that there was a positive effect of weight gain in premature infants. Therefore, it is recommended that nurses should use olive oil for infant massage in the neonatal units.
Alternatively, olive oil can be added into your baby’s diet as it is rich in monounsaturated fats, making it a healthy addition to baby’s diet, providing fats in the form of beneficial Omega-3s. This helps the baby to gain weight and is a great way to add extra healthy calories to baby’s meal.
Fun Fact: According to researchers from Italian Institute of plant Genetics, olive oil is the most similar food to breast milk for babies.
Benefits for Constipation
#13. Olive Oil as a Laxative
Olive oil, being gentle on your child’s stomach, is often used as a laxative for curing constipation. Best way to ease constipation in babies is to rub warm olive oil on the baby’s stomach in a clockwise motion. As Olive Oil is light in texture, it is easy to digest for sensitive baby tummies.
Tip: Including olive oil in your baby’s diet also helps in dealing with constipation if used in adequate quantity, however consuming too much can cause diarrhea.
Those are the several key benefits associated with Figaro Olive oil for babies. Besides, there is further research taking place on whether olive oil helps in better absorption of Vitamin D, which is essential to the process of ossification in babies, and the role of olive oil in colic prevention in babies.
Nevertheless, Figaro Olive oil is fairly priced and is available in all grocery stores and online marketplaces. Try it yourself and share your views in the comments below.
Disclaimer: This article is based on my personal experiences as well as on internet research. Please understand that every’s child’s skin is different so it might give different experiences to you. Do consult a doctor in case your baby is suffering from any skin allergies or has a sensitive skin.
The article has been written by Rishika Gupta who is a mom of a beautiful daughter.