Healing Power of OLIVE OIL, OLIVE LEAF and OLIVE FLOWER

From the time of my childhood, when I started to read various myths and legends of ancient Mediterranean life, I was mesmerized with power and mystery of olive trees which were for many thousand of years accompanied people living in this area : giving them shed during the long and hot summer days, generously feeding them with their fruits (and oil), healing them with leaves and bark, inspiring them to write many songs and poems about their magical beauty, strength, persistence and peacefulness...

Mediterranean area is homeland of olive trees, for many millenia, although nowadays they are cultivated all around the world in areas with warmer climate.

Olive trees are famous because of their extraordinary longevity due to the superb self-regeneration abilities- in Israel/Palestine area there can be find olive trees which are even 3000 years old. In Croatia, on Briuni islands there is an olive three 1600 years old ! All these ancient trees are still bearing the fruits every year - their vitality is unbelievably strong. Even when several hundreds years old trees are removed to some other place - they continue to live, grow and prosper.

Mediterranean would never be so magical without olive trees which silver-green lives gently whisper their songs on every breeze of the wind.

Olive trees are able to survive in conditions where there is constant lack of water on summer days, they often live just in poor or rocky soils,are constantly exposed to salty sea-winds, they cannot stand only extreme cold.

In coastal part of my country we call them "beauties". Olives we call "gold". They deserve these titles for sure.

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When I recently started to take care about olive trees on island Iz (My Hub: My organic garden) I was amazed when I discovered this small rotten part of one olive tree which was (as one big branch) cut many years ago and somehow stayed connected with the bark. This tiny little, obviously destroyed part of the tree was able to create new, fresh, strong and healthy roots.... While clearing around the tree, I removed it from the soil thinking that was useless, but after I saw fresh roots I just realized that olive trees are even more powerful that I ever could imagine. No other tree I know would be able to create new healthy roots in such condition.

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All parts of olive tree have tremendous healing properties - olives, olive oil, leaf, bark, flowers... due to the pure and amazingly strong vital energy of olive trees....

Olive trees are also known that possess power of healing emotional wounds and are able to bring people on higher level of conscioussness (trees are very intelligent creatures, what knows everyone who takes care about plants.), but for that purpose, one primarily needs to spend some time with them, in their shadow or even better - to start to take care about them.

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Olive Flower as Medicine

Used ONLY as Bach Flower Essence.

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Olive flower essence is a perfect complement to any health treatment plan for the chronic sufferer in combating exhaustion. Olive allows the weary soul to tap into healing resources beyond physical, reaching into the deeper spiritual well of restorative waters. Positive Qualities:

  • revitalization
  • peacefulness
  • trust in universe
  • inner strength

Olive Oil as Natural Medicine

Olive oil has great healing properties, but the best for dygestive system of many is when used cold ! If you cannot cook on it (I rarely use it for cooking), add it to the already cooked meals or to the salats.

Traditional food of Mediterranean people is bred soaked in the olive oil (so delicious), you might try to use it that way.

You can also take it as real medicine - on spoon, maybe with few drops of lemon...

IHealing magick of olive oil is used in healing and preventing various health conditions, as well as for rejuvenation. Olive oil health benefits are:

  • Lowers risk of heart disease and cancer
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lowers bloodpressure
  • Boosts immune system
  • Helps to heal diabetes (together with healthy diest)
  • Fights infections
  • Soothes inflammation
  • Stops pain
  • Deters memory loss
  • Helps to heal osteoporosis and arthritis
  • Balances hormones
  • Helps to stop process of aging
  • Has strong antibacterial properties
  • Heals diarrhea
  • Helps to heal various skin diseases (rash, excema, dandruff, various skin inflammation...) as well as rejuvenates skin
  • Great healer of burns, sores, cuts, scratches, rough, broken or sunburnt skins
  • Rubbed into the skin prior to sunbathing will prevent burns and blisters (excellent, natural sunscreen!)
  • Prevents skin cancer

............and many more!

Olive Leaf as Medicine

Olive leaf has excellent healing properties:

It is :astringent, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic, anti-septic, anti-viral, febrifugal, immune-boosting, tranquiliser

Olive leaf is used as tea or liquid extract, for healing very respectable list of health conditions:

For - stabilising blood sugar , killing various parasites, bacteria, viruses , boosting immune function, fighting infection, lowering blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, for nervous conditions, candida, cardiovascular conditions, chest complaints, chlamydia, chronic fatigue, chronic joint pain, fungus infection, colds & flu, cold sores, dental problems, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections, dissolves cholesterol, encephalitis, Epstein-Barr virus, fevers, fibromyalgia, gastric ulcers , gastrointestinal conditions, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, haemorrhoid pain-relief, hepatitis A, B, C, herpes I and II, AIDS, human herpes virus, improves blood flow, improves symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome , increases bile secretions, for healing lupus, malaria, meningitis (bacterial/viral), mononucleosis, nervous tension, normalisation of heart beat irregularities, pneumonia, psoriasis, rabies, respiratory conditions, rheumatic fever, salmonella, diarrhea, Herpes zoster, sinus infections, streptococcus infections, syphilis, toothache , trichonomas, tuberculosis, vaginitis, it has vasodilator effect on the smooth layer of coronary arteries, heals warts... even tumors. It can be also used to sooth and heal the skin.

Olive tea has also pleasant, sweet taste !

For the owners of olive trees: Once the leaves are handpicked from the tree, the best is in springtime when you cut the branches, leaves have to be carefully washed, quickly air-dried, then left to cure with the absence of sunlight. These leaves can stay fresh for up to one year so long as they are properly sealed and stored away from sunlight.

Prepare the tea as well as any other tea.

Liquid extract is made directly from fresh olive leaves has an antioxidant capacity almost double than green tea extract and 400% higher than Vitamin C !

One of the olive trees in our oliveyards
One of the olive trees in our oliveyards

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As you can see, there are many excellent reasons to respect mighty healing energy of olive trees and use it regurarly for improving the health- the gift of healing they share with humanity just cannot be more precious !

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mulder 6 years ago from Warnbro Western Australia

fantastic Hub as usual Tatjana-Mihaela I have been taking Nature Sunshine olive leaf extract capsules for for years and I know its keeping me healthy .

Thumbs up for sure.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

I loved it!! I wish I had an Olive Tree now. The flowers and fruti atre simply beautiful. I didn't know about all those uses. I might hae to go out to the Health Food Store and get some of that Bach Flower Olive Oil tincture and see what else they may have. I am going to bookmark this one.

I rated it up and useful and will add it to the list of hubs that I have in my hub about Demons and Mental Illness: http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Truth-About-Demons-and...


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A very interesting and informative hub. I never knew anything about the olive leaves.


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advisor4qb 6 years ago from On New Footing

Beautiful pictures and interesting and informative hub! Well done!


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Vibhavari 6 years ago from India

Hi,

Very informative hub.. I knew about olive oil and the bach flower essences, but information on olive leaves and olive tea was new to me. thank you so much for this hub.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

I have learnt a lot here - I had an idea of olive oils properties and benefits - but not to this extent - thanks.


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green tea-cher 6 years ago

very informative hub. Does cooking with olive oil, as in a stir fry ,destroy its beneficial properties?


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I knew olive oil is healthy especially for adding to foods and cooking but was not aware of the myriad of benefits you listed. Everyday I am respecting nature more and more, and I am grateful. I keep a bottle of virgin oil in the bathroom and use it at times as a face moisturizer when I want to take a break from the regular moisturizer I use.

Rated up and bookmarked!


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

Totally wonderful hub....Jesus uses the olive tree in many of His Teachings...

And I use it for everything. Extra Virgin always!!

Have a blessed day!!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I was actually making olive oil dressing just a few moments ago. I guess I was "drawn" to your hub! Where would we be without the magic of olives?! I dont' have an olive tree, but I do have two tea olive bushes - Osmanthus fragrans which is in the olive family and produces flowers almost identical to those in your photo. The fragrance is my favorite of all flowers. Lovely hub Tatjana. Enjoy your olive trees!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Wonderful hub, Tatjana - love the olive tree picture. I use a lot of olive oil and the Bach remedy too - thanks for a very informative hub!


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

As you usual you have produced a fine, well researched,hub, that will enlighten many readers. The photographs are fantastic. Pleasure to read. Thank you.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you so much, Dean, glad to see you here.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi LG, tea of leaves could do you a lot of good as well. Love and peace.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Olive leaves are very powerfull in healing, Hello, Helo...thanks for visit and comment.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Advisor for the visit and comment: very glad to see you here.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, Vibhavari - I am so glad that my Hub was useful.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, BU.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi green tea-cher : heating olive oil on too high temperatures for too long does destroy its healing properties...when this happens, there is significant change in the smell you can sense while cooking...


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Dear Mary, I will also certainly start to use much more olive oil after writing this article. YOu inspired me to start to use it for skin (I do not apply anything on skin for years, now is right time to start)

Nature is pure perfection.

Thank you.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

You are right - Wealthmadehealthy - Jesus was using a lot of olive oil for healing...

Thank you for your beautiful comment.

Peace and love.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

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I am with you there fellow Med! :D


kidstherapy 6 years ago

From the creation of all things the Creator provided every human being needs. It is no surprise that we get healing from olive trees


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HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

I never knew this. Thanks.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you so much, GL, so happy to see you here.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, Shalini...peace and hugs.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you for the compliments, DAL:


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you for the visit, De Greek...glad to see you here.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, HH for the visit and comment.


Freddy 6 years ago

Really great write up thank you!


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edguider 6 years ago

Good Hub Tatjana, I have been cooking with Olive Oil for years but never really new all the benefits, this is good to know and your hub let me understand more about Olive Oil


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

Tatjana: what a wonderful article. I LOVE trees, and plan on writing an article on what they mean to me, soon. Great photos and info. I always enjoy reading your work. Thanks.


Rubie 6 years ago

Great Hub. I have a new found love for olive trees now.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, De Greek,


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you all for your nice comments.


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packerpack 6 years ago from India, Calcutta

Hi TM, hope you remember me! How are you doing? Came here after a long time and saw this hub. I found it very informative and useful. Thanks for sharing. I too will start writing again very soon!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

I am so glad to see you here and so happy that I will have honor to read your great new articles on HP again, PP.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good information from you. I really enjoy read this hub. This hub very useful for us. Thumbs Up for you.

Prasetio


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

Love Olive and knows of its value but not this much which i learned today.

Thanks for this great and awesome hub...voted up!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you so much, Prasetio, glad to see you here.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Dali.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you so much, Rossimobis.


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Just recently bought myself a young olive tree for my garden, because I thought it was beautifull. Now I know, after reading your informative hub, it was a very good choice. I never knew they grew so old.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Wonderful hub. There is something almost magical about an olive tree. Your pictures and research are superb.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you Equella. Longetivity of olive tree depends of which sort does it belong. I wish your tree grows well and brings you a lot of joy and health.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

WOW what a testimony to the power and magic of the mighty Olive Tree, I love olive oil! :)


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I really enjoyed this read about olive trees.I like olives too. We don't have olive trees in this part of the world as the climate is quite wrong for them. Down in the Western Cape there are many olive orchards.

Thanks for sharing

Love and peace

Tony


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you TOny, love and peace.


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anglnwu 3 years ago

A wealth of information. Recently, I became interested in using olive leaves as food. Do you know if it's safe to cook olive leaves as it is? Thanks.

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