The olive tree, whose botanical name is Olea Europaea, has been considered since ancient times a precious plant in the culture, medicine, and herbal medicine of the Mediterranean basin.
In fact, olive oil has always been used as an essential ingredient in many herbal preparations. The first people to use this plant were the ancient Egyptians, who believed it could even have divine powers. But did you know that also the leaves of this plant can be used for healing purposes?
What do olive leaves contain?
Scientific research carried out on the plant has confirmed the presence of numerous active ingredients, contained not only in the fruits, namely the olives, but above all in the leaves. Increasingly used in Homeopathy and Natural Medicine, olive leaves are rich in polyphenols and flavonoids.
One of the most significant substances discovered by researchers is Oleuropein. More than in the fruits, this bitter-tasting polyphenol is present in very high concentrations in olive leaves.
Olive leaf tea and its benefits
The simplest way to fully enjoy all the benefits of olive leaves is by preparing tea. Clearly, the consumption of this drink should always be paired with a healthy diet.
What are the beneficial properties of olive leaf tea?
Regulates blood pressure
Thanks to its strong hypotensive action.
Reduces bad cholesterol
The presence of tyrosol and polyunsaturated fatty acids reduces the levels of bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.
Lowers blood sugar
A study conducted at the University of Auckland has shown that Oleuropein not only reduces blood sugar levels in overweight patients but also improves insulin sensitivity.
Fights arthritis and prevents osteoporosis
It considerably reduces joint pain and promotes calcium absorption.
Has a strong antioxidant action
Thanks to different phenols, it fights free radicals, thus slowing down the cellular aging process.
Strengthens the immune system
Its antibacterial and antiviral properties support our immune system in the prevention and treatment of many diseases.
In the past, it was used as an antipyretic thanks to its ability to reduce body temperature in a completely natural way.
Reduce stress and sleep wonderfully!
Olive leaves contain a very fascinating molecule called tyrosol. This incredible antioxidant helps improve our intellectual metabolic activities, reducing stress and mental fatigue to help us sleep better!
Olive leaf tea: here’s the recipe
- 5 gr. of olive leaves for about 250 ml of water (10 gr. if you’re using freshly picked leaves).
How to make olive leaf tea
- Wash the olive leaves thoroughly with water and baking soda.
- Boil the leaves in water and after a few minutes, turn off the stove, let it cool and filter the liquid.
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