Everyone knows about the olive tree fruit that produces delicious oil used in healthy cooking. But, not everyone thinks about the olive leaf tea used in herbalism.
Traditionally, olive leaf (Olea europaea) has been used for the prevention or treatment of inflammation, infections (such as the common cold, influenza, Candidiasis, urinary tract infections, shingles), diarrhea, allergies, and diseases such as Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis.
Olive Leaf Side Effects
Because of its incredible power to reduce your blood pressure, olive leaf tea should not be taken without some precaution. Because of its ability to lower blood pressure and glucose levels in the blood, this tea can become quite a threat to those who have low blood pressure and glucose levels. Be aware that interaction with medication to reduce blood pressure and glucose levels may be dangerous. Be careful, and consult your doctor, monitor your blood pressure and always pick the right tea that suits your needs and circumstances. If you have diabetes, make sure your doctor approves of this herbal tea with your daily diet.
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Extra Virgin Olive Oil is used for healthy cooking, and makes a great base for herbal infused oils for the kitchen, and medicine chest. You can infuse olive oil with rosemary, garlic, thyme, and other herbs for a variety of flavors to complement any dish. Experts recommend getting 20% to 35% of your daily calories from fat, including oil. Most should be in the form of monounsaturated fat such as olive oil. One tablespoon olive oil a day may be your limit. Keep in mind that olive oil is 14 grams fat per tablespoon.
This healthy oil is used to infuse herbs for medicinal uses, such as comfrey, lemon balm, plantain, and many more. This finished infusion may be used as is, or combined with other ingredients to make salves, lotions, serums, creams, and soaps.