Over and over again I see people refer to their use of coconut oil in place of olive oil on their dry and itchy skin. Many ask what’s the difference? They are both good moisturizers after all… But there is a huge difference in the two. Using olive oil is not just about the moisturizing. It’s about the healing.
Now let me just say that I love coconut oil too. It has many healthful qualities I look for in a food. For one thing it’s antibacterial. So for those of you who want to take a look at why coconut oil should still be part of your healthy lifestyle, take a look at this article.
That being said, olive oil is far superior at helping to heal histamine intolerance on many different fronts. For one thing it helps promote the production of DAO in the gut. DAO is an enzyme that helps break-down histamine. If you’re lacking this enzyme, which is produced in your intestines, your body doesn’t handle the histamine in foods properly and your histamine bucket tips over.
But olive oil (and olive leaf extract) have way more to offer than just that. The main component in olive oil’s ability to heal is oleuropein. Coconut oil does not contain this component.
If you are like me and like to read medical abstracts, take a look at this information from the National Library of Medicine.
I knew that olive oil healed my damaged, itchy, histamine ravaged skin. In my early posts I attributed it to polyphenols without being specific. It’s only recently that I zeroed in on oleuropein.
From the abstract:
Ancora et al.  have shown that the phenol components of olive oil have a direct antioxidant action on skin, especially oleuropein, which acts as a free radical scavenger at the skin level.
Oleuropein is also in olive leaf extract. I’ve been taking it for two years and have had great results with that too. I began using it before I’d eat to help limit reactions to foods when my histamine intolerance was at its worst, and I use it now to help keep hot flashes away. It’s also an amazing antioxidant. I truly believe I haven’t had a cold in a year because of it. (Actually, I’ve been wanting to explore antioxidants specifically too and will post when I finally do gather the information.)
If you want a concise look at the healing abilities of olive leaf extract without all the science, take a look at this article.
This is a good link to information on oleuropein too.
Quite a while ago I was asked to do an interview with a gal over in Germany who is also trying to get the word out on the healing powers of olive oil. She managed to heal herself, and her children, of eczema. She has a lot of information on olive oil on her site and provides a breakdown on which country’s oil is the best for healing because of the high amount of polyphenols. Tunisian, it seems, has the highest amount. (Some day soon I’m going to buy a bottle.)
I hope I’ve encouraged you to add it to your healing regimen if you haven’t already. Even though coconut oil is good for you, olive oil, in the case of histamine intolerance, is even better.