Olives in some form have been used throughout history. Olives and olive oil are referenced throughout the Bible. Olive leaf is the first herb mentioned after the flood. Olive oil was used in ancient times as a special anointing oil for priests and kings. The ancient Egyptians used an olive leaf extract to mummify their kings. Throughout the ages, teas made from olive leaf have been a popular folk remedy, particularly for combating fevers.
Tea from olive leaf is extremely bitter, and it is the bitter principle that is thought to have healing properties. Scientists have now isolated the bitter phytochemicals contained in the tree and leaves and have done significant research on these compounds. It is thought that these bitter compounds enable the olive tree to live for thousands of years by protecting the tree against insects and harmful microorganisms.
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