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Updated on August 2, 2010

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.



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.




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.



Olive Flower as Medicine

Used ONLY as Bach Flower Essence.


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


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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