General Article Olive leaf benefits

Topic Selected: Alternative Medicine

Latin name

Olea europaea L. folium

Also known as

Olive leaf

Origin

Mediterranean Basin from Portugal to the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and southern Asia as far east as China

Parts used

Leaves

Traditional use and health benefits

The olive leaf was so important to the Ancient Egyptians that they regarded it as a symbol of heavenly power. Not only did they extract the oil to mummify their kings, it was used as a powerful defender against a wide variety of maladies too.

This tree was so important it was referred to as the ‘Tree of Life’ in the Bible, held in such high esteem that Moses is said to have excluded olive tree growers from military service.

Fast forward to the 1880s when it was utilised to counteract malaria, and then in the early 1900s scientists isolated a bitter compound, ‘oleuropein’, that was thought to give the o

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