The olive tree (Olea europea) is a native of the Mediterranean region, Asia and Africa. A symbol of peace and goodness, the leaves were used to make crowns for victors of the Olympic games.
Olive leaves have been recognised for their medicinal value since ancient days. Egyptians called it “heavenly powder”. At that time it was used to treat cardiac conditions, weak immune systems and decreased energy levels. In ancient Egypt the leaves were also used in the mummification process of the pharaohs.
In early 18th century the medicinal powers of the leaves were re-discovered. Green leaves were used for treating fevers, and later on malaria. Modern science put the Olive leaves under scrutiny and studies showed that these indeed have the power to fight against bacteria, retroviruses, viruses and anything that these can cause. Conditions that respond well to treatment of Olive leaves extract/ tea are achy joints, toothaches, painful haemorrhoids, sudden cravings, heart beat problems, and skin problems such as psoriasis.
While the leaves offer many health benefits, it has no untoward side effects, which makes it easier to use for many viral and bacterial infections. Olive leaves also exhibit febrifugal, antiseptic and astringent properties, which help with heart health and longevity.
A liquid extract made directly from fresh olive leaves recently gained international attention when it was shown to have an antioxidant capacity almost double green tea extract and 400% higher than Vitamin C.
Astringent, Antiseptic, Febrifuge, Tranquilizer, Cholagogue, Anti-cholesterolaemic, Hypertension
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