Olives are high in healthy, cholesterol-lowering mono unsaturated fats & are rich in many health-protective nutrients, including an array of antioxidants.
A decoction of the fresh leaves has traditionally been used to treat feverish infections such as the flu & the common cold, but also more serious infections such as malaria & dengue fever.
It has also been used to treat urinary inflammations.
Externally, the decoction can be employed as a wash to clean wounds & treat inflammatory skin conditions, rashes, boils & ulcers.
The fresh leaves can be chewed for inflammations of the gums or ulcers of the mucous membranes of the mouth.
The juice, expressed with wine or water, or a decoction of the leaves have the same effect.
The leaf extract has a marked positive effect on the heart, increasing coronary blood flow & lowering blood pressure, while also inhibiting the oxidation of 'bad cholesterol'.
It also reduces uric acid concentration, which can be a contributing factor in heart disease as well as arthritic & rheumatoid conditions.
It is also said to reduce the blood sugar levels, making it a valuable supportive remedy for diabetes sufferers.
The leaf extract has produced excellent results in boosting immune system response to viral conditions such as the flu, pneumonia & the common cold as well as in the treatment of serious immune system debilitating conditions, such a lupus, lyme disease, Eppstein Barr virus & fibromyalgia.
Internally it can be used as a mild but effective laxative that will lubricate & soften hard stools.
It is also sometimes used in combination with lemon juice to soften & expel gallbladder stones, though this procedure is not without certain risks & should not be attempted without the supervision of a qualified medical practitioner. Olive oil reduces the secretion of hydrochloric acid, thus being beneficial for people who suffer from an over acidic stomach.
It is a healthful oil to use for food as it is rich in mono saturated fatty acids & has a certain vasodilatory effect on the arterial walls, helping to reduce blood pressure & increasing the blood supply to the heart.
Externally olive oil is used to soothe inflamed skin or cosmetically, to preserve its smoothness & the luster of the hair.
It is also said to be useful for dandruff.
Its emollient qualities can be employed to treat calluses & hardened skin & is sometimes also used as a soothing enema for an ulcerated intestinal tract or hemorrhoids.
Earaches are treated by applying olive oil drops to half a cotton ball then inserted into the ear. The ball is inserted no deeper than a Q-tip would be, sticking out far enough to be removed safely with the fingers. New cotton balls are applied every 2-3 hours for the duration of the earache. This home remedy may be especially helpful during winter.
Olive oil can provide protective effects against certain malignant tumors, cancer, & reduce the risk of heart disease.
Mashed olives applied as a poultice to scalds & burns prevent the formation of blisters & cleanse dirty wounds.
The Olive juice from the pickling brine astringes the gums & tightens loose teeth.
The yellowish olives are hard to digest, but strengthen the stomach.
The black, ripe olives decay easily & are bad for the stomach.
Prepared as a poultice they open up boils & inhibit gangrene.
Olive leaf tea can produce an upset stomach when taken on an empty stomach. Large doses of the leaf extract occasionally give rise to a 'die-off' effect, characterized by headaches & gastro-intestinal disturbance, due to the fact that high doses of Olive leaf extract can 'kill-off' large numbers of pathogens, which can produce a temporary feeling of unwellness. This is due to the fact that the body can't cope with eliminating the dead pathogens quickly enough. If this happens, simply reduce the dosage.
Hearing Problems & Tinnitus:
Take 1 part of bee propolis &
4 parts of olive oil
Dip a piece of cotton into this mixture & keep it in the ear for 24 hours.
Repeat 12 times.
2 bunches fresh Basil leaves
3 cloves of garlic
¾ cup pine nuts
1/3 cup Parmesan
2 chillies (variable)
Take 2 bunches of basil, cut them up roughly & place in a food processor.
Add the garlic & a little olive oil.
Blend until smooth.
Carefully add the grated Parmesan cheese & the chillies.
If the paste becomes too dry, add a little more olive oil until you get a nice smooth, not too runny, not too stodgy consistency.
Stir in the pine nuts & some salt to taste.
Rosemary Chilli Oil:
1 sprig of Rosemary
2 dried red Chillies
2 cloves of Garlic
5 Juniper berries
1 Bay leaf
Dry the Rosemary for a couple of days, place all ingredients in a sterilized bottle & cover with 700 ml of oil.
Leave to infuse in a warm place for 2 weeks.
Strain & return to the bottle.
Close tightly. Should keep for approximately 5 weeks.
Dandruff oil treatment:
Heat 100 ml of olive oil in a saucepan over low heat.
Moisten the hair so the oil will not penetrate it.
Apply the warm oil to the scalp with a cotton ball, sectioning the hair with a comb to dab the oil on. Cover the head with a shower cap or towel for 30 minutes.
Treatment to help loosen dandruff & moisturize the scalp.
As a symbol of abundance, wisdom, glory, fertility, power, pureness & peace, olive leaves were used to crown the victors of friendly games & bloody wars.
As emblems of benediction & purification, they were also ritually offered to deities & powerful figures as emblems of benediction & purification.