Olive Leaf tea is is an ancient brew most popular for it’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial and cardiovascular benefits. Tea made from the leaves of Mission and Manzanillo olive trees is caffeine-free and is also gaining awareness for it’s unique flavor. Olive leaf has been brewed as a tea for over 5,000 years across the Mediterranean and has been the focus of scientific research in recent decades.
History of Olive Leaf Tea
Olive trees are native to the Mediterranean countries of Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain and often cultivated in Croatia. The olive tree was introduced to California in the 1800’s primarily for its oil and fruit. The olive tree is an evergreen botanical known as olea europea.
The olive tree and it’s leaves are attributed in mythology to the goddess Athena for whom the capital of Greece, Athens, is named. The olive tree has the distinction of being the first botanical mentioned in the Bible and is know as the “Tree of Life.”
Health Benefits of Olive Leaf Tea
The health benefits of olive leaf is related to the oleuropein and related polyphenols contained in it. Oleuropein is a natural wide-spectrum antibiotic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal compound. Unlike synthetic antibiotics, it destroys only the bad bacteria and protects the good. Medical research suggests that when Oleuropein is taken orally, it searches out and "inactivates" the bacteria. It does this by dissolving the outer lining of the infectious germs and then it penetrates the infected cells, thus inhibiting their replication.
If a person's immune system is overburdened fighting a war against an influx of infectious germs, the immune system becomes weak and the body is more susceptible to sickness. When Oleuropein (olive leaf) is taken orally, two natural enzemes in the body, esteraize and beta-glucosidase, convert the Oleuropein to elolenic acid. Elolenic acid derived from this source helps strengthen the immune system.
Olive leaf is commonly used to combat colds, flu, viruses, bacteria’s, shingles and to increase energy. Olive leaf has also been shown to lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
Olive Leaf Unique Flavor
Olive leaf tea is unique and tastes like nothing else. A light steeping delivers a satisfying mellow flavor. Longer steeping or brewing in a tea press creates a stronger, slightly bitter infusion than can be mellowed with a slice of fresh lemon, stevia, soy, milk, sugar and other herbal flavorings. Olive leaf also blends well with Green and other teas/herbs.
To prepare olive leaf tea place one large teaspoon (approx. 10g) in a tea ball or herb sack. Drop into two quarts boiling water, immediately reduce heat to a medium simmer and let tea brew in covered pot for three to ten minutes. Stir tea occasionally, strain to drink and/or refrigerate. Tea should be a medium amber color. To combat a specific ailment, sip refrigerated or re-heated tea and consume the entire two quarts over a two day period.