Olive leaf tea - A gift of nature
Olive leaf tea is one of the most popular traditional herbal teas of the Mediterranean people used to treat diseases. It has been used for centuries to treat illnesses such as colds, malaria and tropical diseases.
Table of Contents
- Olive leaf tea effect
- Oleuropein the wonder substance
- Olive leaf tea side effects
- Preparation of olive leaf tea
- Recipes with olive leaf tea
- Buy Olive Leaf Tea
- Advantages at a glance
Olive leaf tea and its unique effect
Research has shown that olive leaf constituents (particularly oleuropein) may have health benefits, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia.
A study published in 2018 showed the beneficial effects of continued consumption of olive leaf tea on hematological parameters.
This study found a significant increase in the number of red blood cells, hemoglobin and hematoric acid in the olive leaf tea group compared to the green tea group after 6 and 12 weeks of intervention.
"Oleuropein" the miracle substance in the olive leaf
The most popular food in the Mediterranean diet is Olive oil. Its beneficial effects are attributed to its unique fatty acid profile and the presence of some minor components such as oleuropein. The main phenolic compound found in the olive tree is oleuropein.
Oleuropein is an ester of hydroxytyrosol, which is present in large quantities in the leaves of the olive tree. They give the tree protection against many plant pathogens due to its antibacterial action. Oleuropein is hydrolyzed in the digestive system to hydroxytyrosol, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream. Oleuropein has a high stability during digestion and has a high bioavailability.
Does the olive leaf tea have any significant side effects ?
Because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes that olive leaf extract is a dietary supplement rather than a drug, it does not monitor the dose or quality of herbs and supplements.
There is also limited scientific evidence on possible side effects or long-term safety.
At normal dosage, olive leaf tea is completely safe to take. At higher dosages, side effects such as headaches may occur. If you are taking prescription medication, you should ask your doctor beforehand.
The correct preparation of the olive leaf tea
We recommend the olive leaf tea without added sugar and to enjoy before bedtime. The tea also helps against insomnia and transforms the metabolism positively.
Recommended consumption: Pour 1-2 teaspoons into a sieve and steep for 10 - 12 minutes in 150 - 200 ml hot water.
Depending on how crushed the olive leaf tea is, you should crush it another time so that it can develop its full effect. If you choose the Ölich olive leaf tea, this step is omitted, because we set a high value on careful crushing of our tea.
If you want to round out the flavor of the tea, you can enhance your olive leaf tea with the following healthy foods:
- High quality honey (preferably directly from the beekeeper)
- Lemon slices OR fresh lemon juice
- Ginger (cut into slices or pieces and add to the tea)
- Fresh mint leaves
A few delicious recipes with olive leaf tea
The olive leaves spice mixture
5 sprigs fresh rosemary
5 sprigs fresh thyme
1 tbsp olive leaf tea
1 tsp oregano , dried
1 tsp ground coriander
3/4 tsp garlic powder
Peppercorns or ground black pepper (amount to taste)
70 g coarse sea salt .
Chop up all the fresh ingredients and put them in a container with the other ingredients. Mix everything well and ready is their delicious homemade spice blend with the healthy olive leaf tea. Of course, you can also add your own ideas to our recipe.
Tip: In combination with our fruity Oil olive oilThe spice blend is ideal for pickling meat and vegetables, just try it out.
The olive leaves iced tea
2 tsp olive leaf tea
200 ml boiled water
A handful of fresh mint
1 tsp High quality honey
2 slices fresh lemon
Add to her boiled water, mint leaves and lemon slices. Fill the olive leaf tea into a sieve and let it steep in the boiled water for 10 minutes. Take the strainer with the tea and the lemons out of the water after 10 minutes. Let the tea cool with the mint leaves for half an hour. Serve & enjoy the Oliver leaves iced tea in a glass with ice cubes.
Of course, you can also serve the tea in a larger quantity, just multiply the ingredients by the desired factor.
Tip:A few slices of ginger, can provide a delicious spiciness, which at the same time suppresses the slightly bitter note of the healthy oleuropein in the olive leaf.
Buying olive leaf tea: What to consider?
When buying olive leaf tea, the main focus should be on quality. That is, the origin plays a major role. Do the olive leaves come from a region where also very high quality olive oil is produced and the olive tree has a high proportion of oleuropein. Because the higher the oleuropein content in the tree, the higher it is also in the olive leaves and this has a positive influence on our health.
If you want to buy a very high quality olive leaf tea, then we recommend the Ölich olive leaf tea. Grown on the coast of the Aegean Sea, one of the best regions in the world for olive cultivation. We guarantee the best quality and a high percentage of oleuropein in our olive leaf tea.
All the health benefits of olive leaf tea at a glance
- Reduces cardiovascular risk
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps with type 2 diabetes
- Promotes weight loss
- Eliminates free radicals
- Strengthens the immune system
- Fights herpes
- Reduces inflammation
- Prevents cancer
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Ferdousi.F, Araki R, Hashimoto K, et al. Olive leaf tea may have haematological health benefit over green tea. Clin Nutr. 2018. doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2018.11.009