Updated: Oct 4, 2020
The olive tree is undoubtedly one of the first trees cultivated by man. The Egyptians used it already in antiquity. It is a symbol of peace, wisdom and power.
The olive tree is a Mediterranean tree whose leaves, used in herbal tea, have hypotensive, diuretic and hypoglycemic properties. Let's find out in detail the properties of these little silver leaves flooded with sunlight.
Botanical characteristics of the olive tree
The olive tree, Olea europaea, from the Oleaceae family.
Its trunk is gray and tortuous and its bark, grayish white then brownish, is cracked. It measures about 10 meters.
Its evergreen leaves are lanceolate, greyish-green above, and silvery-white below.
Its small white flowers with four petals, are organized in small upright clusters.
The olive, its fruit, is already green, then purple-black, with a hard stone.
Leaves and fruits offer many therapeutic interests :
By the presence of oleuropeoside, olive leaves are:
hypotensive and act on all subjective disorders of arterial hypertension: headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears;
vasodilators of coronaries and peripheral arterioles;
heart rate regulators; diuretics;
Active in preventing arteriosclerosis and coronary heart disease by lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing good cholesterol (HDL).
Note: Consult your doctor if you experience any health problems.
Olive leaves, with diuretic and hypoglycemic benefits, can also be used:
for "mild forms of diabetes", that is to say non-insulin-dependent (during pregnancy or in obesity disorders);
to facilitate absorption of edema and remove urea from the blood.
Good to know: olive leaves also have triterpenes and flavonoids.
Olive tree tea is obtained by infusion of its leaves :
For 20 dried leaves in 30 cl of water, bring to the boil for 30 seconds.
Let steep for 10 minutes and filter.
Drink about 3 cups daily, during the 3 meals.
Consume the herbal tea for 3 weeks, then stop for a week. Continue according to your needs.
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