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Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Olive oil on 03/10/2010 15:28:40 MST Print View

Olive oil (extra virgin) is part of my kit. Most of the time it just provides calories and added taste to my diet. But there are many other uses for it.
Ear ache. Warm some and pour it in the ear canal*
Good for constipation. Just add extra to your food.
Good for shaving
Good for scratches/chafing and burns (after copious cold water has been pored on it and obviously if other burn treatments are not at hand)
Great for bees stings, just rub in as soon as possible.
(BTW, bacteria cannot grow on olive oil)
A drop on toilet paper or better still cotton, will make a good fire starter.
And as a lubricant.

* If you need a "Make sure it isn't too hot or you will burn yourself " warning, well maybe you should not go around unsupervised

Brian UL

Locale: New England
Re: Olive oil on 03/10/2010 17:31:24 MST Print View

The Romans used it as a "soap".
lather it on and scrape it off.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Olive oil on 03/10/2010 18:28:41 MST Print View

A neat trick for gardeners is to rub the hands with it then wipe the excess off, then play in the dirt. The hands will wash a lot faster after the work is done.

James D Buch
(rocketman) - F

Locale: Midwest
Olive Oil on 03/10/2010 20:35:01 MST Print View

Right after a hard rain, I used a half a cap of Olive Oil and some TP to make a great fire starter. Worked well.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Ghee on 03/11/2010 05:08:14 MST Print View

Olive oil is good, but sometimes I want a buttery flavor. So I pack a couple ounces of ghee as well. It has a long shelf life.
You can make it yourself.
I get it at my local Indian market, but can be purchased online as well.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Olive oil on 03/11/2010 13:41:41 MST Print View

The big advantage of olive oil is the anti bacterial properties, it cannot go "off" .
Before we had a fridge (40 years ago...) my mother used to make ghee. All I remember was the smell and that we had butter for the winter.
My grandparents were high country farmers.


Justin Tremlin
(notu) - F

Locale: Central Washington
Hot Chili Oil on 03/15/2010 11:25:16 MDT Print View

Add a little hot chili oil to your olive oil to spice it up a bit. You can then leave the Tabasco/Tapitio at home.

/A .
(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Olive oil on 03/15/2010 12:04:35 MDT Print View

Excellent for chapped hands + feet also --> make sure you keep it cool and not exposed to light, if at all possible, as it does go rancid rather easily under warmer + brighter conditions.

Has anyone successfully used it as fuel for cooking?

Saponified olive oil is probably already used by many (dr. bonners) on the trail.

Edited by biointegra on 03/15/2010 12:06:59 MDT.

Sanad Toukhly
(Red_Fox) - MLife

Locale: South Florida
Re: Olive oil on 03/16/2010 19:01:10 MDT Print View

I carry olive oil on all my trips. I always add some to my meals to boost calories.

I have never used it for this purpose, but, methinks it would probably work well for chapped lips. Has anyone tried this?


Steve Martell
(Steve) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Washington
RE: Olive Oil as fuel on 03/17/2010 07:52:45 MDT Print View

If you you use a Kelly Kettle (KK)--or hopefully the soon to be sold Backcountry Boiler, you can use this as stove fuel. A few tablespoons added to tissue paper will burn very well in the kettle--can boil about 3 cups of water in the standard size KK. It does leave a slight oily residue in the KK chimney--but much less so than that chemical gunk you get from burning Esbit tabs.

Edited by Steve on 12/12/2010 17:24:18 MST.

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
olive oil on 03/17/2010 08:08:53 MDT Print View

This is a staple for me, so much that some fellow bay area bpl's have given me the trail name "OliveOil". Franco, you would not originally be from Tuscany, would you?

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Re: Olive oil on 03/17/2010 12:37:16 MDT Print View

"And as a lubricant."

Er... do I want to know?

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Olive oil on 03/17/2010 15:24:21 MDT Print View

Strangely enough I come from the top of Piedmont, only a few Km from Switzerland.
My folk have been high country farmers for generations so I grew up with butter , real milk and cheese...
We only used olive oil for salads and frying chips at home.
Then , after I left Italy I did not use olive oil for about a decade; I grew to dislike the taste.
Started using it again about 20 years ago and now I love it.

You are a doctor, you already do know.
Note the label : not to be used for the other use.

Derek Goffin

Locale: North of England
Olive oil on 03/18/2010 02:40:55 MDT Print View

Use as a lubricant is restricted if you have followed the recommendation to add hot chili oil!

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Olive oil on 03/19/2010 23:01:12 MDT Print View

I don't have the problem , so I cannot test this myself but I was wondering ( since it is the multi use thread) if olive oil and hot chili oil could be used as a substitute for Preparation H.
(I am thinking along the lines of using the heat to relieve pain)
I would appreciate very much if we could get a few to volunteer for this test.

Gary Boyd
(debiant) - F

Locale: Mid-west
Re: Olive oil on 03/23/2010 06:14:48 MDT Print View

I'm thinking this would be the equivalent of putting icy hot on your genitals to make you run faster.

Benen Huntley
(benen) - MLife

Locale: South Australia
nasty. on 03/27/2010 10:32:19 MDT Print View

you people are just plain nasty! haha

non yep
(yep) - F

Locale: sonoran desert
re: olive oil on 05/16/2010 20:11:08 MDT Print View

also great for:
dandruff/scalp on thrus
massaging muscles
oil lamps, less toxic and cheaper than lamp/kerosene...make a lamp out of anything

Fred eric
(Fre49) - MLife

Locale: France, vallée de la Loire
stove on 05/16/2010 23:24:31 MDT Print View

in winter i carry olive oil to add calories to my food, this time my wife lost our BB the first day of a 5 day hike in a no fire zone.
I ended using the oil in a candle lantern aluminium cup to heat water :)oil stove

Edited by Fre49 on 05/16/2010 23:25:02 MDT.

Edward Z
(Fuzz) - MLife

Locale: Sunny San Diego
Easy Source on 09/14/2010 09:23:11 MDT Print View

I just got a handful of packets from Subway Sandwiches of Extra Virgin Olive Oil / Canola Oil. Handy little 1/2 oz foil packets. Good source of free trail fodder.