It’s a pretty known fact that olive trees have been cultivated since ancient times, and people have used them as food and medicine for centuries – just like we use them today.
Nowadays, olives can be found on every table in many parts of the world. Moreover, the first pressing of oil from olives (extra virgin olive oil) is highly respected among chefs around the world and plays an important role in the medicinal world.
However, what many people don’t know is that there is another part of the olive harvest that offers tremendous health benefits. The olive leaf.
The therapeutic uses of olive leaves date back to centuries ago. In fact, there are early references to the olive leaves used as medicine that can be found in the Bible: “The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine” (Ezekiel 47:12)
Today, as the science on its benefits expands, the olive leaf is becoming increasingly popular among people. By now, many studies have proven that olive leaves have enormous healing properties like treating pneumonia, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, influenza, meningitis, herpes, hepatitis B, and many more diseases, all thanks to oleuropein, the main compound found in olive leaves that has powerful anti-bacterial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic properties.
Make olive leaf tea in order to treat:
- Stomach ulcers
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Hepatitis B
Besides these healing properties, olive leaf tea will also help strengthen your immune system and provide you with extra energy.
How to make olive leaf tea:
- 2-3dl of boiling water;
- 15 to 20 dried olive leaves
Put the leaves in boiling water and boil for around 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool for 15 minutes. You can add honey to improve its taste if you wish.
Consume for several weeks to completely feel its benefits.