The olive tree is an evergreen tree or shrub that is native to the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa. Typically a short tree that rarely exceeds 26 to 49 feet in height, the flowers are small, white and feathery. The leaves are a silver-green color that grow to be 4 to 10 centimeters long and 1 to 3 centimeters wide. For many centuries, the fresh leaves of the olive tree have been used as a medicine and were a symbol of heavenly power. The olive tree is the sole source that provides the health benefits of olive leaf extract. In fact, the antioxidant activity of olive leaves is higher than that of green tea. Olive leaves may be a true anti-viral compound because they appear to selectively block an entire virus-specific system in the infected host. This appears to offer healing effects not addressed by pharmaceutical antibiotics.
Olive leaves extract is effective in fighting microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa and many others that cause numerous diseases.
Olive Leaves Health Benefits
- Hinders the production of amino acids necessary for viruses to thrive
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces blood sugar levels in the body
- Breaks directly through infected cells and eradicates viral reproduction
- Improves brain function
- Kills bacteria and fungi
- Treats arthritis
- Prevents phagocytosis or ingestion of harmful cells and foreign substances in the body
- Improves immune system
- Protects the skin
- Regulates heartbeat
- Reduces the risk of cancer
Olive leaves can also help fight against: pneumonia, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, influenza, meningitis, hepatitis B, herpes, chronic fatigue syndrome, atherosclerosis, botulism, malaria, stomach ulcers, diphtheria, urinary tract infections, encephalitis and many more.
The Old Remedy Is A Tea
In addition to the countless healing properties, this is a pleasant, healthy and refreshing beverage which can be easily made at home. It’s all thanks to the antiparasitic, antibacterial and antifungal properties of oleuropein. The key is to ensure you have good quality leaves not sprayed with pesticides.
Recipe for tea from olive leaves
- 15-20 dried olive leaves
- 2-3 dl of boiling water
- Pick healthy leaves in the spring and leave them to dry in the air (do not lay them in direct sunlight which will cause more oxidative damage and reduce their benefits).
- When dry, put them in a glass jar and store in a cool, shaded place.
- When you want to prepare the tea, take 15-20 dried leaves.
- Put them in boiling water and cook for an extra 10 minutes.
- Take the leaves out.
- Cool the tea for 15 minutes.
Consume it several weeks in a row.
There is actually no mandated recommended dose for using olive leaves tea.
For an overview, watch the short video below.
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