Medical Benefits in the Past:
The secrets that the olive tree holds remained unveiled to people in the past, but nonetheless, they have the utmost respect for the powerful healing energy of the priceless plant. The evergreen olive tree lives for thousands of years, withstands the harshest climate changes and can recover from a various perils. Since ancient times the supernatural powers that are possessed by the tree symbolize life and hope, peace and prosperity, purity and goodness.
The healing qualities of olives and olive leaves find their place even in the Bible:
…the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine. Ezekiel 47:12
Nowadays this fact is supported by lots of scientific evidence.
Through the centuries, in its various forms, olive leaf extract has helped thousands of people around the world. At the time none of them had the knowledge to explain the healing effect of the magic plant in combating a variety of diseases: gout, high body temperature, fever and malaria, colics and gastrointestinal problems, wounds, skin inflammations, hemorrhoids and more.
The first in-depth research into the eating habits of peoples living in the Mediterranean region begins in the mid-20th century. The studies that have been carried on for years establish that, to a large extent, the Mediterranean diet is able to prevent cardiovascular diseases that are widespread in other parts of the world, especially the United States of America. The impressive results from the human health research have been the cause for many people around the world to gradually change their eating habits by including more fruit, vegetables, seafood and olive oil in their diet.
In modern society, olive oil has become increasingly popular. However, olive tree leaves are not that well known, even though their beneficial effects to human health, due to the much higher concentration of polyphenols in them are much more compared to the oil.