The Olive Tree

Olive tree

Of this plant, native to the Near East, we are used to picture its oil, extracted from fruits.

Yet the olive in phytotherapy is useful in all its parts: leaves and bark are used in a good variety of preparations, whose spectrum includes the treatment of fevers, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia, is a valuable ally just to purify the blood and prevent circulatory disorders. 

Its extracts are ideal for controlling cholesterol, without negatively affecting Hdl fats, the so-called “good cholesterol” which has instead a protective function for the heart and arteries. Not only: the olive has an important hypotensive function, which is useful for those suffering from high blood pressure ». 

It is found in the form of leaves and glycerine macerate: “The leaves are suitable in decoction, while the glyceric macerate, practical to take, should only be diluted in a little water, then drunk”. But also the oil has an important curative function: “The peasant medicine used it to detoxify the liver and in the inflammations of the stomach”. 

Thus, by restoring proper function of the digestive tract, the risk of circulating poorly digested foods in the blood is reduced. And olive oil performs its purifying function at its best.

Our ancestors had understood for centuries that the olive leaves hid health properties not indifferent. Today we talk about them in terms of hypotensive, cholesterol-lowering, cardiotonic and anti-inflammatory action, etc.

Citing a verse from the Bible according to Ezekiel (47.12) it says: “Trees grow on the banks of the Jordan who never lose the leaves whose fruits are food and leaves medicine”. 

A verse that clearly indicates that the extraordinary active principles of the “tree of life” are concentrated in its leaves while its fruits, olives and oil are an excellent food. For the Jewish people, the olive tree is one of the most precious gifts of God, the very symbol of the Covenant.

The olive has been present in the history of Mediterranean medicine and herbal medicine for several millennia. There are endless testimonies documenting the use of olive leaves in the Greek, Arab, Egyptian and Roman cultures, but its use has always been limited by the “terribly bitter and unpleasant” taste of the infusion of olive leaves that progressively created the disuse.

In the first half of the last century, however, there was a revival of interest in the possible therapeutic use of herbal preparations derived from the leaves of this splendid tree.

So what are the main reasons why the olive tree is considered extraordinarily or “divine”? In fact there is many, how about that the olive tree can stay without care, pesticides. etc. “Lives for millennia” and centuries-old olive trees can be eradicated, transplanted and will take root always and everywhere.

Why? Because its saps contain active substances “unique in the world” that protect it and keep it vital over time. Molecules that science is studying to offer them to the world. (tree of Life).

There are no other plants with similar characteristics. The olive tree, this miraculous pivotal plant of the Mediterranean diet, has recently been rediscovered and re-evaluated all over the world.

From the leaves of the plant, an extract can be obtained which, according to data published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, would significantly reduce LDL cholesterol and blood pressure.

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Julian Buchholz
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Julian Buchholz is a 24-year-old gym assistant who enjoys worship, donating blood and hockey. He has a degree in sports science. He is patient and dedicated, but can also be very stubborn and is obsessed with...well...sure..."fitness".

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  1. Olive leaves, as has been the case for many other simple natural remedies, have fallen increasingly into disuse, until they remain confined to the field of folk medicine.

    1. @Ruckman Today, however, thanks to numerous scientific researches carried out since the 1980s, olive leaves have returned to the fore.

      1. Reduces blood pressure: one of the properties that have made the extract of olive leaves (infusion) “famous” is its marked hypotensive action.

        1. My Grandma did it often and taught my mom and me that the infusion of olive leaves seems to give excellent results in reducing joint pain due to arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

            1. You can prepare an olive leaf extract at home with about 150 green olive leaves (half if dry) and a liter of water. Wash the leaves well to remove soil and dust, perhaps using sodium bicarbonate. Put the leaves in a large pot with water and bring to a boil. When the water boils, turn off the fire, put a lid on and let it sit for 30 minutes. At this point, filter the leaves and keep the extract obtained in glass bottles to keep in the refrigerator. Have it in small quantities far from meals, even two or three times a day.

              1. If you do not want to make it yourself, you will find various alternatives on the market. In fact, there are so many commercial products: capsules, supplements, liquid extracts. Each of these can be used according to your needs.

                1. There is also indications that it might not be suggested to people with poor digestion or diarrhea due to laxative properties

                2. on the Internet there are numerous products that contain the leaves of this plant.

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