The Health Benefits Of Olive Leaf Tea
For years, green tea has had the spotlight in the area of health aspects, and while it is true drinking green tea can help aid folks in several ways, right now we're going to tip the cup on green and look at what olive tea can steep for us.
Some benefits of this beverage are:
• Combats Viruses, Inhibiting Them From Replicating
• Helps Lower Cholesterol
• Helps Lower Blood Pressure
• Has Anti-Fungal Properties
• Has Anti-Bacterial Properties
• Helps Prevent Cold Sores And Herpes
• Maintains A Strong And Balanced Immune System
• Can Help Prevent Shingles
• Fights The Common Cold And Flu Bugs
A property in olive fruits and leaves called oleuropein (oh-lee-or-oh-pin), is what may be giving this tea a special edge. This tea is also loaded with an arsenal of antioxidants and powerful polyphenols that are responsible for its listed abilities as well.
Health Benefits Of Olive Leaf Tea
The health benefits of olive leaf tea are interesting, however the information here should not be taken as any medical advice, or actual preventative or cure for any known health ailment.
For years, studies on olive leaf tea that have been conducted revealed some curious finds. A property in olive tea called oleuropein, contains considerable benefits ranging from the ability of stopping viruses and bacteria, as well as boosting energy. This substance is what give olives that bitter taste once they have cured.
However, as mentioned on the previous page, if steeped correctly, olive leaf tea does not taste bitter at all.
The benefits of olive leaves are nothing new, as they were used in the past for treating, and in some cases, curing severe fevers and malaria. In Briton, the brew from olive leaves were also used for aiding sick folks returning from tropical colonies. Decades later, it was believed by scientists that the oleuropein substance was indeed responsible for the treatments and cures.
Oleuropein in nature is very resistant to insect and bacterial damage, which in turn acts as a natural pesticide protecting the olive tree and keeping the product organic. This oleuropein property can also help protect humans too...
European researchers discovered that oleuropein was effective at lowering blood pressure as well as increasing blood flow. A Dutch researcher found that oleuropein acts as an anti-bacterial by yet another property in it called elenolic acid.
In relation, research conducted in the late 1960's by scientists at major pharmaceutical company Upjohn (known as Pfizer today), showed that elenolic acid was also very effective at inhibiting viruses from growing, including ones that are associated with the common cold of humans (known as the "Rhinovirus").
This study helps solidify that olive leaf tea may act as an anti-viral in humans.
Although the research about the benefits of olive leaf tea are not in the great numbers as with green tea, what little numbers are out there suggest that this tea holds future promise.
A physician in Covina California, Dr. James R. Privitera, believes that we are only scratching the surface of what olive tea may be capable of. He himself has used olive leaf tea since 1995, and states that he regularly hears positive findings from his patients as well, all with diversified benefits.
Dr. Privitera does state that olive leaf tea is not a "cure all", but the results are substantive enough that many folks continue consuming olive tea as well as supplements.
Arnold Takemoto, a Biochemist, has found that the benefits of olive leaf tea are very effective against some of the more tenacious viruses. He says that "it fills a hole that we haven't been able to fill before. It gives us a new, effective tool."
Dr. Phil Selinsky from the Institute for Holistic Studies states that some patients have found a considerable decrease with dental infections. This study once again helps solidify the anti-bacterial capabilities.
It appears that olive tea health benefits has had quiet an impact for many folks and researchers alike. It has been used by the ancients for treating diseases and symptoms of their times as well.
Other benefits include, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, combating yeast and fungal infections, allergies, helps diabetics by lowering blood sugar levels, easing the joint pain of arthritis, and plenty more.
Olive leaf Herb Information / Side Effects
Latin Name: Olea europaea, Olea folium, Olea gallica, Olea lancifolia, Olea oleaster
Common Names: Olive, Olive Leaf, Olive Tree, Olivier
Properties: astringent, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic, anti-septic, anti-viral, febrifugal, immune-boosting, tranquiliser
Indicated for: Stabilising blood sugar levels, parasites (giardia, intestinal worms, malaria forming protozoa, microscopic protozoa, pinworms, ringworm, roundworm, tapeworms), boosting immune function, fighting infection, increasing resistance to disease, lowering blood pressure, abdominal chill, anthrax, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, barium chloride and calcium induced arrhythmia, boosts energy levels, brain and nervous conditions, candida, cardiovascular conditions, chest complaints, chlamydia, chronic fatigue, chronic joint ache, chronic toenail fungus infection, colds & flu, cold sores, dengue, dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections, dissolves cholesterol, encephalitis, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), fevers, fibromyalgia, gastric ulcers caused by H. pylori, gastrointestinal conditions, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, haemorrhoid pain-relief, hepatitis A, B, C, herpes I and II, HIV/ARC/AIDS, human herpes virus 6 and 7, improves blood flow, improves symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and related conditions, increases bile secretions, lupus, malaria, meningitis (bacterial/viral), mononucleosis, nervous tension, normalisation of heart beat irregularities, pneumonia, psoriasis, rabies, respiratory conditions, rheumatic fever, salmonella, severe diarrhea, shingles, shingles (Herpes zoster), sinus infections, soothes mucous membranes, staphylococcal food poisoning, streptococcus infection in throat, syphilis, toothache, toxic shock syndrome, trichonomas, tuberculosis, vaginitis, vasodilator effect on the smooth layer of coronary arteries, warts.
Warnings There is very little information regarding olive leaf and how it may affect a developing foetus or an infant. Therefore, its use it is not recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
Olive leaf should not to be used by diabetics due to its potential blood-sugar lowering properties.
If any one is interested in olive leaf tea, I have some 350 trees in a magical mountain grove here in Spain.
Blessings to One and All.