Thursday, March 26, 2015

Self-Reliance Tip of the Week - I LOVE YOU OLIVE LEAF!!

Get on over here you little rascal!

When I was a kid, as a joke if you mouthed, "olive juice" to someone, you'd get a startled reaction. They thought you were saying, "I love you." Try it. Well, I love everything olive. I love it's fruit, oil, juice, leaf, tree...all the way to its roots. Lemme' tell ya why.

Most people use the fruit for eating as well as the oil. We all know that olive oil was what they used in Biblical times for their lamps to see after the sun had gone down. The oil also has proved champion over and over for healthy skin and hair. But, did you know that the leaf is also used as a medicine?

Tara Pierce, a Certified Master Herbalist says, "Olive leaf was first used medicinally in Ancient Egypt and was used to mummify the pharaohs (man, I thought twinkies would do that...moving on). In the early 1800's, pulverized leaves were used in a drink to lower fevers. A few decades later, green olive leaves were used in a tea as a treatment for malaria. Today, numerous scientific studies have been conducted to investigate the beneficial properties of olive leaf extracts. The reported benefits range from promoting increased energy and healthy blood pressure, to supporting the cardiovascular system and the immune system."
Here are other amazing properties of olive leaf extract: 

  • It's antioxidant capacity almost double that of green tea extract and 400% more than vitamin C! 
  • It is effective in relieving chronic intestinal inflammation
  • It helps balance insulin resistance
  • In studies, its antioxidants were shown to be effective in treating some tumors and cancers such as 
  1. liver
  2. prostate
  3. colon 
  4. skin 
  5. and breast cancer

It is also effective against various infections like: 

  • influenza
  • the common cold
  • Candida infections
  • meningitis
  • Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
  • encephalitis
  • shingles (Herpes zoster)
  • chronic fatigue
  • hepatitis B
  • pneumonia
  • tuberculosis 
  • malaria
  • dengue
  • and severe diarrhea
I have taken olive leaf in capsules before for some infections. It worked well. When I used it for strep-throat, it wasn't able to kick it, but that can be easily remedied with goldenseal root. 

The cool thing about using herbs is that if taking it one way doesn't work for you (like my daughter with an overactive uvula tries to throw up anything capsule-ish), there is more than one way to take it. You can do teas, extracts, capsules or hide it in your food. I prefer capsules with many of the bitter herbs, because it is really hard to hide something like goldenseal in your food. But, luckily, olive leaf is very mild. 

The next time you feel like telling someone you love them, mouth the words, "olive juice" and you'll know it is more than double the love.


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