Scientific Name: Olea europaea
Born of the olive tree—yes, the same one that provides us with those little oval snacks we love to toss atop salads and pizza—the Olive Leaf’s use as a medicinal herb dates all the way back to the time of ancient Egypt. Since then, it has become renowned for its antibacterial properties and benefits that may lower blood pressure or fever; improve circulation; stimulate bone growth; and neutralize free radicals in the body.
Enjoyed for it’s very unique taste, the longer you steep it as a tea, the more pungent it becomes. Beginning as satisfying and mellow, its flavor will grow slightly bitter over time. So, depending on how strong you enjoy your beverage, you can blend it with lemon, stevia, soy, milk, sugar or any number of herbal flavors to create a unique blend all your own.
With its unique mix of beneficial bioactive compounds, Olive Leaf Powder is a true ally to the cardiovascular system. Containing high levels of oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol, it can help reduce elevated levels of LDL and promote proper blood pressure levels. Likewise, it may also alleviate hypertension and prevent further stress-related damage to the heart and liver.
There is research to suggest that one of Olive Leaf Powder’s main compounds, oleuropein, can also reduce the risk of certain age-related disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia. A natural antioxidant, it also helps to ward off free radicals, which protect the brain from unnecessary damage to short- and long-term memory.
Joint & Muscle Health
Olive Leaf Powder’s anti-inflammatory properties are capable of reducing pain, swelling, and discomfort within the joints and muscles. By reducing these symptoms, it alleviates stress on the cartilage and helps protect against long-term issues, such as osteoarthritis and chronic pain.
With natural protectant properties that benefit the entire body, Olive Leaf Powder can boost the immune system in a variety of ways. It has the ability to combat infection through its antimicrobial effects. It can ward off certain viruses, such as the common cold and influenza. It can protect the skin and reverse sun damage and signs of aging. And thanks to its hyperglycemic behaviors, it can alleviate the risk of diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels and controlling glucose tolerance.
Currently, there is no recommended dosage for Olive Leaf Powder.
- It is commonly used by sprinkling on food, taken in smoothies or green juices or can be added to an herbal tea.
- Known to have a slightly bitter taste, we suggest blending it with mellow flavors such as sugar, milk or honey to create a calming and flavorful beverage you can enjoy any time of day.
- A quick and efficient to take it is with capsules.
While its true origins remain a mystery, Olive Leaf Powder is thought to come from regions of Persia and Mesopotamia. Used by various civilizations throughout the centuries, it was a popular addition to traditional remedies from around the world. Egyptians would utilize it in their mummification processes. Moroccans prescribed it to help control blood sugar. And western Europeans enjoyed it as a tonic, believing it could help reduce fevers and treat malaria.
Today, Olive Leaf Powder is still relatively unknown in the Americas. Though, it remains a popular natural remedy in countries such as France, Syria, and Spain. Truly, it’s only a matter of time before the potential health benefits of this historic herb are discovered by people the world over.
If stored correctly, our Olive Leaf Powder has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.