Love the Leaf
Olive Leaf History
Native to the Mediterranean region, olive leaves and its extract, have long been used in traditional medicine for more than 3,500 years, as far back as Ancient Egypt, where it was once considered a symbol of heavenly power. To most modern Americans, the benefits of olive leaves are little known, but olive leaf tinctures have been used for centuries for an array of maladies.
In Greek mythology, it was believed that the olive tree was the goddess Athena’s gift to humanity. Throughout history, olive leaves were used to create compressions and infusions that addressed everything from pain to infections, high blood sugar levels, fevers, gallbladder function, gastrointestinal motility and even anxiety.
Herbal Tea or Tasty Beverage?
The teas and extract of olive leaves have zero caffeine but contain various compounds, such as oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol, which are believed to positively influence health. Scientific studies have indicated they not only possess antioxidant properties, but are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-aging and immune system stimulating, to name but a few.
Olive Leaf Teas and extract help maintain blood sugar balance and healthy weight and assist with cognitive function. Olive leaf teas and extract have an antioxidant capacity 400% higher than Vitamin C and contain 200% more antioxidants than green tea.
Scientific Research & Other Sources:
"Olive leaf extract may have several potential health benefits, such as helping lower cholesterol and blood pressure.”
"In a double-blind trial, people with osteoarthritis of the knee had a significant improvement in their pain after taking olive leaf extract."
“Olive leaf tea is one of the most common, traditional herbal teas used among Mediterranean people to treat disease. It has been used for centuries for the treatment of conditions and diseases such as the common cold, malaria and tropical illnesses. In 2007, researchers in Australia studying the antioxidant capacity of 55 medicinal herbs found olive leaf (extract) had the highest radical-scavenging activity of all herbs studied.”
“Olive leaf extracts show tremendous promise in preventing or mitigating conditions as diverse as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis.”
“Olive leaf extract (OLE) is an over-the-counter supplement that contains polyphenols, notably oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol, that have antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may reduce URI rates.”
Taste for yourself
Remember when we said, “Special Leaf teas are meant to be everyday teas, enjoyed by everyone, and not just for those drinking them for their health benefit?” Well, we meant that.