The olive tree (Olea Europaea) is an ancient Mediterranean tree that has long been recognized for its value as a provider of both food and medicine. This small evergreen produces olives that are eaten after being cured, and the oil is also used for consumption. The wood of the tree is used for cabinet making, and the bark also has medicinal properties. It is the leaf, however, which contains the most active compounds, and it is olive leaf tea that offers the most health benefits. Mannite, elonolic acid and Oleuropein are the primary active constituents in the olive leaf and offer the medicinal benefits.
Oleuropein was isolated in clinical studies in the 1960’s. It is this compound that offers the disease fighting medicinal benefits of olive leaf. This compound also acts as a vasodilator, which allows blood to move more freely throughout the cardiovascular system. This causes lowered blood pressure. Elonolic acid in the olive leaf acts as a powerful antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent. It is extremely unusual to find all of these qualities in a single plant. However research has proven that olive leaf tea can contain all of these medicinal qualities - and more - and is safe for most people to use.
Given the olive leaf’s long history in herbal medicines, it should come as no surprise that studies are simply giving clinical evidence for something that has already been proven to work. Interestingly enough, the olive leaf, and thus olive leaf tea may also help to reduce the healing time from viruses, and has been shown to actively stop the virus from reproducing within the cells. The antibacterial qualities in the olive leaf are far more far reaching than today’s modern antibiotics, as the components in the olive leaf prevent the virus from spreading from cell to cell within the body.
In addition to its powerful antibacterial properties, olive leaf products and olive leaf tea can also be used over an extended time period to help reverse the effects of arteriosclerosis. It can also be used to expel parasites in humans and animals, treat cold sores, treat high blood pressure and arrhythmia, help with H. pylori bacteria in the stomach, reduce fevers and treat malaria, help fight against the common cold, treat yeast infections, and treat streptococcus throat infections. These are just a few of the things that this incredible plant can treat. Add olive leaf tea to your medicine chest.