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if mosquitos are extra bad, a light coating of olive oil on exposed skin will help keep them away, and you can get tics off of you as well.
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Thanks for sharing! Great idea.
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if mosquitos are extra bad, a light coating of olive oil on exposed skin will help keep them away, and you can get tics off of you as well.
What quality of the olive oil keeps the mosquito's and ticks away?
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Thanks for that Rett. I have been a fan of olive oil for a long time, but never realized the many other uses. I carry a ziploc snack bag of woodchips soaked in olive oil for a fire starter. It works great even when dealing with damp wood.

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This is great info thanks for posting!
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Another good use for olive oil. If you know you are going to be doing some hard work and you hands are going to suffer abit, rub them with olive oil and salt.
A farmer friend of mine (in his 80's) told me of this and said he'd done it all his life, every morning before starting work, and that this had helped protect his hands over the years.
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What quality of the olive oil keeps the mosquito's and ticks away?
actually any oil does the trick.
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Olive oil can also be used to shave with or for chapped lips. Sounds nuts but it works.
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Your disposable shaver will last alot longer if stored in oo between shaves.
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Good post. thanks for posting this.. i have never thought of this.. makes perfect since though.. thanks again
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I never thought about the multiple purposes of olive oil before! I always include at least a 2oz bottle of it in my food for backpacking trips to add to my meals. The oily-ness of it makes meals feel more satisfying, makes stuff not stick to my cup as badly, and tastes good.
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Here's an old Recon trick, light a small ball of C-4 about the size of a golf ball on fire to heat C-Rats or start fires. Works a lot better than heat tabs.
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Here's an old Recon trick, light a small ball about the size of a golf ball on fire to heat C-Rats or start fires. Works a lot better than heat tabs.
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small balls of what?! waxed cotton?? I think we all been there and done that.
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Oh dear, you wouldn't want to lose your bottle of oil, would you.
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Take olive oil with you in your pack. It is a brillant fire starter, its great for heating and lighting, and it is a excellent energy food.
I remember the lads wasting all the matches but one in awful weather.

I quickly told them not to light that last match, and let me work on the fire, and I got them to gather more wood.

When they came back they were amazed I had a roaring fire so quickly. Olive oil saved our lives in that cold weather, if we didn't get heating and hot food down, we would not have made it.
Olive oil makes the kindling burn far longer, and is brilliant when you are stuck with damp wood.

Another great use is the long lasting lamp.
Make wick from cotton string. Seven equal lengths and held together by paper staples crimped around it in intervals.

Make a foil dish into an old lamp shape, put wick in and let soak, light the wick.
You can light, heat your shelter, and cook with olive oil.

This is for real emergencies.

As a food all the guys knew that if you didn't swig your olive oil on a big walk, you would get to the end in poor shape to fight. You would lose condition, and have to recover for a week.

Each meal take a nip of olive oil.

there are different types of olive oil is there a prefered type to have?
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I would be guessing extra virgin would be the best, as it comes from the first pressing
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Thanks for reviving this thread. Good info.
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I make a similar "lamp" with braided hemp or jute string and any cooking oil, animal fat. The lamp itself is made from a cracked bone.
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