The olive leaf has been used for ages for nourishment and medicine. The Bible shares many instances of the olive tree. The olive leaf was used even before Christ. Ezekiel 47:12 “The fruit thereof shall be for meat and the leaf thereof for medicine”. Christians claim that the leaf in this scenario is the olive. The Bible contains answers to some of the greatest problems. When properly comprehended, it addresses all our necessities and faults. Many cultures attributed divine power to the olive.
Egyptians extracted oil from the olives and used it to preserve the bodies of their kings. It is hard to ignore how special the olive leaf is being the first herb mentioned in the scriptures. (Genesis 8:11) “And the dove came to him in the evening, and lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off. So, Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth”. This symbolized the end of God’s wrath to humanity.
(Romans 11:24) “If you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree how much more will these, the natural branches be grafted back into their olive tree. According to (James 5:14), olive oil was a sacred tool. “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord”.
Scientific Reports and Discovery of Wild Olive
The first time the olive leaf was mentioned formally was in 1854 when Daniel Hanbury wrote a report on how the olive leaf cures fever and malaria. He came up with the following recipe: Boil a bunch of leaves in a small amount of water. Then give the patient 150 ml every three hours up to the point where the fever disappears. This method was used for many years in England to cure the sick coming from tropical colonies.
A century later, scientists discovered oleuropein, which is an essential component of the olive leaf. Oleuropein prevents against damage from bacteria and insects. It also increases blood flow and offers relief from intestinal muscle spasms. After a couple of experiments were carried out, it was found that oleuropein dissolves the outer lining of micro-organisms, thus eliminating them. Enolic acid is a compound found in oleuropein.
It inhibits the growth of bacteria and viruses. Researchers in Tunis discovered that an aqueous extract from olives reduced the chances of getting lifestyle diseases. Nowadays, the olive leaf has become increasingly popular and recognized in the field of science. Currently, some of the compounds in the leaf are being used to cure pneumonia, tuberculosis, meningitis, influenza and hepatitis B.
Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract
Natural cancer treatment – Oleuropein acts as an anti-angiogenic and antioxidant. It reduces the growth of tumors by hindering the production of cancerous cells. According to research conducted in Greece, olive leaf extracts contain high levels of anti-oxidant. The extracts inhibit the growth of cancerous cells in the breasts, bladder and brain.
The cure for Arthritis – Olive leaf extracts act as an anti-inflammatory agent. It reduces the pain that occurs when bones rub together and cut down the production of enzymes and cytokines that contribute to inflammation.
Eliminates fungi and bacteria – Olive leaf extract is known to fight bacterial and fungal infections. It also treats ear infections and urinary tract infections. The extracts kill dermatophytes which cause skin, nails and hair infections.
Boosts immune system – It has properties that fight against dangerous viruses and prevent the flu. Research has shown that people who take olive tea have lower chances of getting respiratory infections including influenza. The leaf is very beneficial to both humans and animals.
Healthy skin – The olive leaf contains anti-aging properties. This is brought about by its anti-oxidants that prevent the damage of cells by oxidation. It can be consumed orally or applied directly to the skin for maximum benefits.
Lowers blood pressure – According to a study carried in 2011 when two hundred and fifty milligrams of olive leaf extract is taken twice a day for two months, blood pressure reduces significantly. Olive leaf extract has more benefits compared to Captopril which is the recommended medicine for high blood pressure as it reduces cholesterol levels too.
Choosing to take olive leaf extract over Captopril will save you from side effects such as a dry cough, dizziness and headaches. Oleuropein works by relaxing the arteries, regulating blood pressure and reducing the formation of clots. Olive leaf extracts improve blood flow to all the body parts, regulates heartbeat and maintains blood sugar levels.
Neuroprotection – Olive leaf extracts suppress Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The extracts protect the central nervous system and the brain from damage brought about by old age and strokes. Olive leaf extracts boost memory and improve concentration. It achieves this by eliminating toxic proteins and oxidative stress.
Improves mood and fights cholesterol – Olive oil is a healthy fat that has hormone balancing effects. Depression and anxiety are often linked to low-fat diets. Cognitive disorders occur when hormones such as serotonin and dopamine are insufficient. These hormones aid in faster thought processing, mood enhancement and enough sleep. In addition to that, the olive leaf prevents the formation of bad cholesterol by preventing oxidation from occurring. Oxidized cholesterol is very harmful to our health and causes weight gain.
Stronger bones – Oleuropein stimulates the development of osteoblasts which are the bone building cells in the body. This enables you to age beautifully with high bone density.
How to Prepare Olive Extract at Home
You will need fresh olive leaves, ethanol or vodka that has 40% alcohol content, a glass pickle jar with a wide neck, muslin and glass dropper bottles.
- Shred the leaves until they become mulchy; then put the shredded leaves in a glass jar and cover them with ethanol.
- Close the glass jar and place it in a dark place with moderate temperature.
- Ensure that you shake the glass jar daily and that the alcohol is enough to cover all the leaves.
- After two weeks, your tincture is ready; filter and bottle the solution.
To reduce high blood pressure, take 30 ml of olive oil daily. To eliminate constipation, a dosage of 30 ml is recommended. In case you suffer from cholesterol, two tablespoons of olive oil daily are all you need. To prevent cardiac arrest, consume about one liter of olive oil weekly.
Olive oil lowers blood sugar, thus diabetic people should ensure they check their blood sugar level regularly when using it. Moreover, if you are scheduled for surgery, it is advisable to stop consuming it at least two weeks before as it might alter blood sugar. However, after surgery olive extract is recommended as it promotes the healing of wounds.
In a nutshell…
…the easiest way to get these benefits is to make your own extract from olive leafs. We should all embrace the “Tree of Life” and enjoy all its benefits. All races should be enlightened about this sacred tree, and all those who have spent thousands of dollars trying to get cured should give the olive leaf extract a try.