Friday, January 23, 2009

New at SensibiliTeas .... Organic Olive Leaf!

For Christians and Jews alike, we know it to be the sign given to Noah that dry land existed -- a sign of hope. We’ve seen it in the mouth of the dove of peace. We’ve seen a wreath of it around the heads of ancient kings and emperors. To see an olive branch, we see a symbol of peace. Today, many studies indicate that we may also look at this branch as a symbol of good health!

Olive leaf is the leaf of the olive tree (Olea europaea). This tree is historically known as the Tree of Life, likely with good reason. While the fruit of the olive plant and oil from the olives are well known for flavor and health benefits, the leaf has been used medicinally through history. Natural olive leaf and olive leaf extracts (OLE containing oleuropein), are now marketed as anti-aging, immuno-stimulators, and even antibiotics. Clinical evidence has proven the blood pressure lowering effects of olive leaf.

It has been studied for use against a variety of bacteria including those that can cause salmonella, pneumonia and other infections of the respiratory tract and intestines and shown to be useful in the treatment of these ailments. Viral invaders, including those that can cause herpes, shingles, yeast infections, polio, colds and influenza may also be inhibited by olive leaf.

Olive leaf is also good for the heart. Scientists think olive leaf's potential ability to support cardiovascular health is linked to four main factors. First, olive leaf contains an antioxidant that may help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. The oxidation of LDL cholesterol-the so-called "bad" cholesterol-can severely damage the walls of arteries and it is one of the chief contributors to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Another compound in olive leaf may support healthy blood flow by lowering its viscosity and making it less "sticky." Third, olive leaf may have the ability to dilate blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure. Finally, olive leaf may be able to lower cholesterol levels.

As for digestive health, olive leaf may also have anti-fungal properties that can help maintain a healthy balance of microorganisms in the intestines. The anti-fungal and anti-viral properties in olive leaf make it potentially useful in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. And to top it all off, olive leaf has four times the antioxidant power of green tea to boost the immune system, may increase energy levels and serves as a natural detoxifier.

Some recent research on the olive leaf has shown its antioxidants to be effective in treating some tumors and cancers such as liver, prostate and breast cancer but the research on this is preliminary.

Organic Olive Leaf is now available at SensibiliTeas for $3.00. Also for $3.00 per ounce is an Olive Leaf custom blend containing Organic Olive Leaf, Organic Lemon Myrtle and Organic Stevia. Fantastic hot or iced. For best results, steeping time, though, should be strictly obeyed, as it can become quite bitter if steeped longer than 1 minute. These products are not yet on the website. Blog readers are the first to learn of new products!

Recommended use for effectiveness is 4-6 teaspoons of dried olive leaf daily. This is three 16oz. cups, or four 12 oz. cups. Unless a physician is consulted, use of olive leaf should be avoided by those taking anticoagulants, diabetic medications, ACE inhibitors, antihypertensive medications and antiplatelet medications. Use should be discontinued two weeks prior to surgery or dental work.

As with most herbs, we recommend against use by pregnant and breast-feeding women, and caution that allergic reactions may appear in sensitive individuals. Discontinue use if you detect irregular breathing, rash, hives or itching.

Today's quote is from Benjamin Franklin:
There was never a good war or bad peace.

1 comment:

  1. Organic Olive leaf sounds good to me, where do I sign up? Maybe we can send some over to Palestine/Israel (from West to East) it might help things along in a peaceful way.


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