Olive leaf tea has been a cultural tradition in the Middle East for centuries. Local residents treat it with cough, sore throat, cystitis, fever and gout. In addition to tea drinks, ointments made from olive leaves are used to treat furuncle, rash, warts and other skin problems.
Scientists have been investigating the effects of olive leaf extract on human body, which has been widely used in the treatment of fever and infection. Although classified as a herbal remedy, it also helps to treat common colds, herpes, ear infections, eye infections, noses and throat infections, pustules, red eye diseases, parasites, and bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Although many health products are made from olive leaf extract, it is not yet certain that they can destroy pathogens because they have not been confirmed by clinical trials.
Olivine is a major component of olive leaves. It can also be further decomposed into a powerful antibacterial component, elenolic acid. Olivine glycoside (Oleuropein) is a bitter monoterpene glycoside. It is also a major component of olive oil. It also contains esters, glycosides, rutin, apigenin and luteolin.
Animal experiments have confirmed the effectiveness of olive leaf extract in lowering blood pressure, but further research is needed. Other benefits of this extract include inhibiting bacterial spread and preventing infection. Some researchers believe olive leaf extract may also be a true antiviral compound because it has the ability to selectively block the entire virus system. It is precisely because of these characteristics that it can resist influenza and other viral infections.
Olive leaf extract also helps promote energy levels and help overcome chronic fatigue and anaphylaxis. Some clinicians report that it can also be used in immune enhancement systems to fight microbes.