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