Olive Leaf – Great Immune Support

Olive Leaf is one of my favorite herbs for this time of year. I use olive leaf for immune enhancement so that I do not get the flu. However, olive leaf is more than just a great anti-viral.
Olives in some form have been used throughout history. Olives and olive oil are referenced throughout the Bible. Olive leaf is the first herb mentioned after the flood. Olive oil was used in ancient times as a special anointing oil for priests and kings. The ancient Egyptians used an olive leaf extract to mummify their kings. Throughout the ages, teas made from olive leaf have been a popular folk remedy, particularly for combating fevers.
Tea from olive leaf is extremely bitter, and it is the bitter principle that is thought to have healing properties. Scientists have now isolated the bitter phytochemicals contained in the tree and leaves and have done significant research on these compounds. It is thought that these bitter compounds enable the olive tree to live for thousands of years by protecting the tree against insects and harmful microorganisms.
For the immune system, olive leaf inhibits many types of harmful viruses, bacteria, and fungus. Olive leaf has been used for Lyme disease, malaria, meningitis, Epstein-Barr, Herpes, HIV, shingles, the common cold and flu.
For the digestive system, olive leaf helps alleviate symptoms caused by harmful microorganisms such as diarrhea and peptic ulcers.
Olive leaf may also help alleviate certain chronic immune system disorders that may be caused by certain viruses or bacteria. These include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Olive leaf is helpful when dealing with parasitic and fungal conditions such as chronic yeast and fingernail and toenail fungus.
Olive leaf is also considered a cardiovascular herb. It is a potent antioxidant that may help prevent atherosclerosis by inhibiting oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Olive leaf increases blood circulation to the heart and improves the pumping action of the heart. Olive leaf also lowers blood pressure. I have always suspected that the real reason olive leaf works in this capacity is that it cleans the blood of yeast and fungus – both of these make the blood thicker and also increase cholesterol.
My favorite form of olive leaf is d-Lenolate. It is a patented extract that I find works better than any other form of olive leaf. It comes in 500 mg capsules and in a topical lotion. It is also a main ingredient in Flu Ban – a great natural remedy for flu.
During flu season, I recommend taking 500 mg. of olive leaf daily. This can be doubled or tripled during acute periods of exposure to colds and flu.


About NaturalCowgirl

Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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1 Response to Olive Leaf – Great Immune Support

  1. Julia McAnelly says:

    Thanks for posting. Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2013 21:57:16 +0000 To: juliamcanelly@hotmail.com

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