Nature’s Secret for Vibrant Health and Long Life

Marlenea La Shomb, N.D., P.Tr.
Jan – Feb 2024 • Vol 4, No 8

After the flood of Noah had subsided, what did the dove bring to the ark as a sign from God? From Genesis 8:11— “And the dove came in to him in the evening; and lo, in her mouth, was an olive leaf plucked off. So, he knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.”

Scripture has far more to say about the olive, its fruit, oil, wood, and leaves, than any other herb or tree. Olive oil was part of the special ointment used to anoint priests and kings. Solomon crafted the two cherubim who were to guard the Ark of the Covenant in the Temple’s Holiest place from olive wood.

Christ often retreated to the Mount of Olives with his disciples to teach and pray. Some think that the very olive trees under which he prayed are still alive and healthy today. In fact, the name of the Garden of Gethsemane comes from the Hebrew Gatshamanim, which literally translates as “oil press.”

Early Judeo-Christian legend holds that Adam, on his deathbed, asked for the oil of mercy, which the Lord had given him for his own and all people’s redemption. He sent his son Seth to the angel that guarded the Garden of Eden. The angel gave Seth three seeds from the tree of knowledge, out of which grew a cedar, cypress, and olive tree. The Jews declared the miracle of Hanukkah because their eternal flame flickered for eight days on empty. Their fuel was olive oil.

It was a capital offense in Greece to kill or cut down an olive tree. Also, at one time in Greece, only virgins or chaste young men were allowed to harvest from the trees.

Throughout early ages, tea made from olive leaves has been a popular folk remedy for combatting fevers. From as early as 1827, medical reports state that a tea made from olive leaves helped the worst cases of malaria. It was found to be far superior to quinine, the recommended treatment of the time.

Today, the health benefits of olive oil and tinctures and extracts made from its leaves continue to be extolled by both herbalists and medical science alike. Early in this century, the bitter compound was isolated from the olive leaf. This phytochemical, called oleuropein, provides the olive tree with vast disease-resistant properties. It is credited with the olive tree’s ability to live for thousands of years. It protects the tree against nearly every disease.

While olive leaf extract isn’t a cure-all, it may help with your goals for weight loss, improved health, and boosted immunity. It is a significant natural source of wellness with therapeutic properties that include:

  • Gastroprotective (protects digestive system)
  • Neuroprotective (protects central nervous system)
  • Antimicrobial (inhibits microorganism growth)
  • Anticancer (reduces risk of cancer)
  • Anti-inflammatory (reduces risk of inflammation)
  • Antinociceptive (reduces pain stimuli)
  • Antioxidant (prevents oxidation or cell damage)

Olive leaf extract may help with heart health, and herpes breakouts, and much more. You can get olive leaves and make your own tea. The tincture and extracts can be found at your local health food store.

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