Olive Leaf Benefits Health:
The value of olive oil in treating gall bladder and liver disfunction and in strengthening the heart is discussed on several other posts on this site. Olive oil is well known as having value as a detoxifier of these organs and as a laxative. Olive oil is a natural liver cleanser.
But today, let’s look at the benefits to the health in using olive leaves as an infusion and as a tea.
Olive Leaf Is a Natural Antiseptic
Olive leaves are a natural antiseptic. Leaves of the species olea europaea, from the Oleaceae family, can be infused in boiling water to make an antiseptic solution. This infusion, once it has cooled, can be used to bathe sores and cuts and bruises.
Circulation: A well as lowering the blood pressure, this olive leaf infusion can help to improve circulation. It is therefore a good remedy for varicose veins. It can be used externally to bathe varicose veins and to use as a footbath. A footbath of olive leaf infusion can help relieve varicose veins and improve circulation to the legs.
Olive Leaf Tea can be taken internally to help lower blood pressure, and improve circulation, provided you are not already on any medication to alter your blood pressure. Check with your health professional before using olive leaves to lower your blood pressure.
Olive Leaf Tea is rich in nutrients, one of which is an antioxidant called Oleuropein. Olive leaf tea is a tonic which can help reduce free radical damage. It is also a relaxant which can soothe frayed nerves.
Olive leaf tea, and also olive oil itself, is a gentle and safe natural laxative.
Olive Leaf Tea can be made from any of the following varieties of olive tree:
Olea Arbequisa: This comes from Catalonia in Spain. It produces a small brown olive fruit.
Olea Kalamata: This variety comes from the Kalamata region in Greece. It has a large black fruit.
Olea Picholine: This variety is French. Its fruit is a longish green olive.