Native to the Mediterranean, olive trees are also found in other countries with subtropical climate including Chile, Peru and southwestern Australia. In ancient times, the leaves of these trees were believed to represent divine power. In ancient Egypt, for instance, these leaves were not only used for mummification of the pharaohs, but also for medical purposes.
In the 19th century, olive leaves were used in different natural remedies against fever, and were even used to treat malaria.
The health benefits of olive leaves are recognized today as well, when these leaves are mostly used for treatment of Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Moreover, olive leaves have proved beneficial for cardiovascular and immune system function. In addition, they have been found to reduce the risk of stroke, hypertension etc.
Olive leaves have powerful antibacterial properties, beneficial for treatment of:
- Yeast infections
- Human virus herpes 6 and 7
- Hepatitis B
- The common cold
- Epstein Barr virus (EBV)
- Herpes I and II
- Severe diarrhea
- Urinary tract
- Ear infections
How to Prepare Extract From Olive Leaves at Home
You can use either fresh or dried olive leaves to make the extract.
If you’re using fresh leaves, take about 100-150 leaves per 1l of water. If using dried leaves, reduce the amount by two thirds. Wash the leaves thoroughly by leaving them for a few minutes in a mixture of water and baking soda then rinse well.
Next, put the leaves in water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Strain the liquid, i.e. the extract and store in glass bottles. Keep refrigerated.
How to use it:
The recommended dose is 1 tsp. three times a day with your meals. If you find the taste too strong, add some water to dilute it.
Alternatively, include olive oil or olive leaves into your daily diet and enjoy great health benefits!