The oil: natural antibiotic. How to prepare an excellent infusion
The olive tree is called the tree of life because it accompanies the history of man and myths, allegories, legends, studies and symbols are linked to it. It is among the longest-lived trees in the world and the secrets of this vitality are contained in its DNA.
The leaves contain important molecules, over 250, allies of our health. That’s why even in the Bible and other historical sources they are referred to as “medicine”, compared to olives that are called “food”.
So why not take advantage of the olive leaves?
The olive leaves are rich in a particular substance, Oleuropein, a highly antioxidant bitter glucoside. From the hydrolysis of Oleuropein, extraordinary molecules are generated that act on our body as a diuretic, emollient, hypotensive, laxative and deworming, against high blood pressure and inflammation of hemorrhoids.
- Oleuropein is the active ingredient that stimulates the production of bone cells by helping to fight osteoporosis;
- It is antiviral and antibacterial; antioxidant (neutralizes the action of free radicals) and anti-inflammatory;
- Combats hypertension (relaxes blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and prevents the formation of blood clots);
- Strengthens the immune system (accelerates the activity of vitamin C);
- It is a natural remedy for diabetes (it helps to improve blood flow in the arteries and to control sugar levels);
- It helps prevent and combat various seasonal diseases such as colds, flu and even herpes.
Studies carried out between 2010 and 2011 have shown that the active ingredients present in the olive leaves can also inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells.
How to prepare the infusion with olive leaves at home
Why not try it? You will see that it is very simple and your guests will appreciate it very much.
- Fresh or dried leaves can be used
- 100/150 fresh leaves are needed for a liter of water (with dry leaves it is possible to reduce the quantity by a third)
- Clean the leaves by leaving them for a few minutes in water and baking soda
- After washing, boil and – over low heat – boil for 15 minutes
- Leave the infusion to rest for 10/15 minutes and then filter it
The infusion is ready to be enjoyed! The extract (only water, without leaves) can be put in a glass bottle and stored in the refrigerator.
How to prepare the extract of olive leaves
It can be consumed as a freshly made herbal tea. Most people take a teaspoon three times a day with meals. If the flavor is too strong, dilute with a little water. The homemade infusion is very bitter and can be made more pleasant with the addition of honey.
To prepare infusions and extracts, we recommend the use of organic olive leaves, which have therefore not undergone any chemical treatment, just like the leaves of our olive trees and you can find free inside our christmas gift packages.