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Can olive oil be used for psoriasis or dry skin?

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A Reader
Question: 

Can olive oil be thickened to use on psoriasis or dry skin?

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The Olive Oil Source
Answer: 

You could make an emulsion of water and oil "like mayonnaise" which would thicken and hydrate. Waxes such as beeswax can be added to make more of a liniment or ointment, heat one pint of olive oil with 1 1/2 ounces of beeswax until melted, cool, add more wax if necessary and repeat. Other ingredients used to thicken emollients are agar, a seaweed extract, methyl cellulose or xanthum gums, both plant extracts, and glycerin. They are all edible and used to thicken everything from ice cream to pancake syrup.

Date: 
Sunday, July 2, 2006

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