The olive tree contains great symbolism. We all know and love the beautiful branches depicted in art, the delicious olives, and olive oil naturally, but did you know that olive leaves are medicinal and healing? Olive leaf extract comes from the leaves of the olive tree, and the leaf contains antioxidants as well as antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory healing properties.
Recorded history of olive leaf’s medicinal use dates back thousands of years, as it was used by the ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean cultures as a medicine and health tonic. Olive leaf is the first botanical cited in the Bible as well. Now modern natural medicine has rediscovered the healing leaves of the olive tree.
These days, olive leaf is known in science worldwide to be anti-aging, and an immunostimulant, that can also act as a natural antibiotic. In fact it was recently proven that an extract made directly from fresh olive leaves was shown to have an antioxidant power almost double green tea extract and 400% higher than Vitamin C.
Olive leaf contains antioxidant properties that help protect the body from environmental damage, and free radicals. Olive leaf can be taken as a liquid extract, tea, powder or capsule. Olive leaf is taken to fight colds and flu, infections, it’s a good heart tonic, and it has also been proven to reduce bad cholesterol.
Here is a simple recipe for grinding up the leaves to make delightful olive leaf tea. If you are looking for a really good organic variety, check out Edible Nature. Do you have an olive tree in your garden or nearby? What magical healing properties it contains!
Above image of an olive tree is in the public domain.