Olive leaves’ incredible medicinal properties have been known since ancient times. They have been used to regulate blood pressure and boost energy levels since ancient Egypt, but have also been used to support the cardiovascular and immune system. Most of the health benefits of the leaves are attributed to a substance known as oleuropenia, which also gives the olives’ their bitter taste. The substance is present in olive leaves in big amount, and consuming them is the best way to fill your body with oleuropenia.
Back in the 19th century, olive leaves were added to drinks that were meant to reduce fever, and a couple of decades later, green olive leaves were used in malaria teas. Thanks to their antibacterial properties, olive leaves extract has been used to treat Candida infections, meningitis, influenza, hepatitis B, pneumonia, encephalitis, herpes, common cold, Epstein-Barr virus, Herpes I and II, shingles, dengue fever, fatigue, malaria, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, urinary tract infections, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS and ear infections.
Olive leaves extract has also been confirmed to protect the heart from coronary problems and protects the blood vessels from damage. Taken over a longer period, the extract has shown that it can reverse atherosclerosis. These benefits led to scientists examining the Mediterranean diet, which contains high concentration of olive oil. Adding the oil to your diet is a great way of improving your overall health.
The olive leaves extract can be taken in the form of capsules or oil, but it can also be taken through olive leaves. You can make a tea out of the leaves and drink it, or put a few drops of olive leaves extract directly on your tongue. Here’s how to prepare the extract at home:
The recipe can be prepared by either fresh or dry leaves. You need about 100-150 fresh leaves per liter of water – if you use dried leaves, you need about a third of the amount. Clean the well with baking soda first, then rinse thoroughly. Now, put the leaves to boil in some water, then reduce the heat and simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes. Afterwards, strain the mixture and store the liquid in glass bottles in the fridge.
Take a teaspoon of the extract thrice a day with your meals. If the flavor is too strong for you, dilute it with a bit of water. The remedy doesn’t have any side-effects, although it may interfere with some medications. We suggest consulting with a doctor if you have low blood pressure.