According to the latest studies, olive leaf tea has more antioxidants than green tea, which is considered as one of the healthiest types. When speaking of olive tree, we often think of its delicious and healthy fruits, but not many know that its leaves are extremely useful and healthy.
The history of olives dates back into the past -- olive tree can live up to 3000 years. Ancient Egyptians used olive leaves to treat health conditions, and in the Bible it is mentioned more than 1,000 times.
Olive leaves have numerous medicinal properties. Oleuropein, the bitter monoterpene glucoside, is the most active compound in olive leaves, which is mainly linked to their therapeutic effect. It is this compound and the products of its hydrolytic degradation that provide great antibacterial activity.
Olive leaves help with pneumonia, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, influenza, meningitis, hepatitis B, herpes, etc. It helps with inflammation of the urinary system, but also in surgical infections. It has been proven that olive leaf also prevents fungal infections.
The compounds in olive leaves strengthen the immune system, boost energy, provide antiviral, antiparasitic, antibacterial and antifungal properties, reduce or even completely eliminate health problems, reduce blood pressure, blood sugar and bad cholesterol (LDL).
Olive leaf tea recipe:
For a cup of tea (2 -3 dl), you need 15 to 20 dried olive leaves. Boil the water, add in the leaves and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Leave the leaves in the water for 10 minutes and then take them out. Do not leave the leaves in the water for too long.
Drink your tea either cold or warm. You can add honey, lemon or drink it plain. For optimal results drink it regularly. Olive leaf tea is also a good preventive measure. It has mild flavor.
Always pick the leaves in spring when they are young. Wash them well and let them dry naturally. Later, you can keep them in a closed container.