Maybe I should give the big disclaimer here – this article doesn’t provide medical or pharmaceutical advice. I’m letting you know the claims of experts and the convinced of the healing properties of the olive leaf.
For years we’ve been told of the health and beauty benefits of olives and olive oil, but guess what, the olive leaf has benefits too. Those benefits come from its anti-microbial properties. In 1995, elenolic acid and its salt, calcium elonate, were found to be the therapeutic components of the olive leaf, the components that cure or lessen the symptoms of the bugs or microbes that infect us humans, such as: bacteria; viruses; fungi; yeasts; and protozoan parasites.
Medical studies from around the world claim that the anti-microbial properties of the olive leaf are a quick cure for colds and flu, and that the leaves contain natural protease inhibitors that decrease HIV viral loads to non-detectable levels in a few weeks. You can find some good research in the Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. They have several studies on the benefits of olives, olive oil and olive leaves. You can also find links to other useful periodicals and articles from that site.
Another great and interesting resource is the book “Olive Leaf Extract” by Dr. Morton Walker. Dr. Walker is a medical researcher and journalist. He cites lots of studies and gives plenty of useful information.
Here is a very short list, from Dr. Walker’s book, of human infectious diseases on which the anti-microbial properties of the olive leaf may work:
- Head lice
- Jock itch
- Lyme disease
- Pink eye
- Strep throat
Since you probably don’t have an olive tree in your yard, try your local pharmacy, nutritionist, or herbalist for olive leaf teas, olive leaf extract in capsule or liquid form, or powder. Make sure you consult with your physician and pharmacist before undergoing a treatment program and follow up with them to let them know how it worked out. This doesn’t just make sense since you may be taking other medications or engaging in other treatments, but because you can share with them your results and maybe help others.
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