It is known that olive trees have been cultivated since ancient times, and people have used them as food and medicine just like we use them in today’s world.
Now, in many parts of the world, olives are staple foods that can be found on every table, and the first pressing of oil from olives (extra virgin olive oil) is highly prized among chefs worldwide as well as credited with playing an important role in the medicinal world.
But there is another part of the olive harvest that is less known, and yet it imparts tremendous health benefits. The olive leaf – a traditional medicinal herb whose therapeutic uses date back to centuries ago.
There are early references to the olive leaf as medicine that can be found in the Bible: “The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.” (Ezekiel 47:12)
Today, the olive leaf is becoming increasingly well-known and appreciated as science on its benefits expands. So far studies on olive leafs have proven that they have enormous healing properties like curing pneumonia, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, influenza, herpes, meningitis, hepatitis B, and many other diseases. This is because of the anti-bacterial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic properties of oleuropein, which is one of the main compounds found in olive leaf. Its powerful properties are very useful for fighting various types of internal infections, lowering high blood pressure, and lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Prepare tea from olive leaves in order to treat:
– Stomach ulcers;
– Chronic fatigue syndrome;
– Hepatitis B;
– Urinary tract infections;
The powerful tea will also help strengthen your immune system and provide you with extra energy. It can also be taken after chemotherapy, or simply when you’re stressed and want to relax.
How to make it:
- 2-3 dl of boiling water;
- 15-20 dried olive leaves
Put the leaves in boiling water and cook them for 10 minutes. Remove the pot from heat and let the tea cool down for 15 minutes. Add honey or lemon to improve its taste. Consume it for several weeks in a row in order to completely feel its benefits.
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