From prehistoric times, the oil used to cover different needs. At plateau of Methana was found by Deffner the oldest olive mill (as calculated the fourth millennium B.C.) - which indicates that the use of oil has been known since that time.

In the Homeric times, the olive oil is mainly used for spreads in the body and not for food or lighting.

From findings which were found at Pylos and are written Linear B there is the word po-qa (fovri), which indicates that the fruit of the olive tree is used as food for the cattle at that time. Moreover, the constant references to aromatic oils from that era, indicates that the use of olive oil lies mainly in religious ceremonies, the grooming of the body and in the manufacture of therapeutic ointments.