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Olive Oil Ayurveda Medicinal Properties
Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
OilyHotHeavy
Bitter
Type: Oils
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Color: Green
Nourishes: Fat
Effect: Ojas, Rajasic, Alkalizing

Serving Size: 2 tsp
Pharmacological Effects
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The list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
FatsCholagogueDetoxicant
EmollientNutritiveTonic
ayurvedic notes
Raw olive oil is pungent & bitter. It's oily and bitter qualities act as a cholagogue, flushing the liver and gall bladder. In the United States, most olive oil is pasteurized. When cooked, olive oil loses its cleansing properties and sadly, its taste.
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Olive oil is listed on other auyervedic diets as Pitta pacifying along with coconut oil and sunflower oil. This is the 1st auyervedic diet list where olive oil is listed as hot. Oh no! say it so! EVOO Hot or Not?

- Barbara Vanderhorst, Columbia, SC, 05-03-12
Hi Barbara, I've noticed this too. I'm either Pitta-Vata or Vata-Pitta, and, from my own experience, too much olive oil usage makes my skin breakout and I feel overly stimulated.
- Jess, Allen park, MI, 07-09-12
On the one hand, raw olive oil is a cholagogue, which balances oily quality in Pitta-Kapha individuals. However, the heat of the olive oil can aggravate Pitta in Pitta-Vata individuals.
Since you don't have it listed, I figured I'd ask about rice bran oil...is that okay for Pitta?
- Jess, Allen park, MI, 09-01-12
I have noticed some varieties of olive oil have a peppery taste, while others don't. I assume this would effect the influence on pitta sensitive individuals.
- david, San diego, CA, 05-20-13

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