The leaf of the olive tree is the main focus in herbal medicine, but the fruit oil - olive oil - is a very important commercial product.
Olive leaf is an antiseptic astringent herb that lowers fever and blood pressure by increasing coronary flow, improves kidney function and has a calming effect.
Olive Leaf as an Herb for Medicinal Uses
The medicinal parts are the dried leaves, the oil extracted from the ripe drupes, and the fresh branches containing leaves and clusters of flowers.
The powerful antioxidant effect of olive leaf extract also protect the heart and circulatory system from free radical damage.
Olive leaf extract is very beneficial for treating conditions caused by viruses, retrovirus, bacteria, as well as protozoa.
Olive leaf extract is effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, fungi and yeast strains and stops the production of micro-toxins, which contribute to chronic fatigue. People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have reported a radical improvement when taking olive leaf extract internally and report more energy and a better sense of wellbeing.
Olive leaf extract further improves candida infections and the resultant vaginal discharge, psoriasis, PMS, weight problems, headaches and all other symptoms that coincide with yeast infections.
People struggling with the Epstein Barr virus have also reported dramatic improvement. The bark is sometimes used to treat colic.
Folk medicine uses include hypertonia, arteriosclerosis, rheumatism and gout, diabetes mellitus and fever.
An infusion is prepared by pouring 150 ml of hot water over 7 to 8 g of the dried leaves. Prepare a tea by pouring hot water over 2 teaspoonfuls of the herb and allowing it to steep for 30 minutes.
Olive leaf extracts can have a number of applications in cosmetics: first of all, from their traditional use as a cicatrizing agent, they can be incorporated into a formulation for skin damage either by UV radiation or for assisting with wound healing.
In cosmetics this property may be used in rubefacient preparations and products for sport. Unlike Capsicum, which acts through direct stimulation of the nerve ends, olive leaf extracts act directly on the muscle, which then causes an increase in the blood irrigation.
Culinary Uses of Olive Leaf
Tree-ripened olives are very bitter and need a lot of preparation before they become edible. Just as with wine, olive oil can be described as smooth, sweet, light, full-bodied, fragrant... But olive oil does not benefit from aging. It reaches its peak in its first year.
Different olive oils complement different foods and uses. Olive oil can be used for sauteing, browning, stir frying, deep frying, as an ingredient in marinades and sauces such as mayonnaise, pesto, or romesco, and as a condiment, drizzled over various dishes. It is of course always appreciated as a bread dipper or simply dabbed on a toasted piece of country bread that has been scratched with a clove of garlic.
No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages.
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