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Olive Leaf is a gift to us from "The Tree of Life," diet for the maintenance of good health and the prevention of disease. Extending an Olive branch has been a traditional means of offering peace since ancient times, and the Olive Leaf has remained the symbol of peace and prosperity to this very day. An evergreen that has been cultivated in the Mediterranean regions since the Neolithic period and may grow to a height of twenty-five feet with flowers and leathery, dark green leaves. It thrives in well-drained soil in full sun. The Olive tree is native to Asia Minor and the eastern Mediterranean region, as well as in many other tropical climates of the world. A dove carried an Olive Leaf back to Noah to indicate that the flood had abated, and Moses is said to have exempted Olive growers from military service. The garden of Gethsemane, was filled with Olive trees, that dates back well over a thousand years. In the mid-18th century, Olive Leaf was said to cure malaria (confirming our present knowledge). Building natural immunity to diseases of almost every kind. In the early 20th century, a bitter compound from the leaf, oleuropein, was isolated and shown to possess powerful disease-fighting properties, and in 1962, another component, elenolic acid, demonstrated that it could kill many kinds of viruses, bacteria and protozoans. A 1969 study claimed that Olive Leaf was effective against a minimum of 56 disease-causing organisms.
Olive's oleuropein is a powerful disease-resistant antibacterial that counteracts infections and kills parasites, such as protozoa and worms (including ringworm).
Olive Leaf is said to be effective in fighting viruses of all kinds. It appears to be a true antiviral compound with the ability to inhibit the critical amino acid production needed for the growth of viruses; and in extensive testing, it deactivated or destroyed every virus (and fungus, yeast and protozoan) against which it was used. It was effective in inhibiting influenza-3 virus, many different types of herpes, colds, Ebola virus, meningitis, cold sores, pneumonia, shingles, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein-Barr and viral-induced skin conditions.
As an antifungal, Olive Leaf is also effective against antibiotic-resistant fungi and yeast strains. It works against Candida, the single-celled fungi living in the bloodstream that release powerful poisons and toxins as they multiply. It is also effectual against Chlamydia and other vaginal yeast infections. In addition, Olive Leaf combats athlete's foot and other infectious fungal diseases. Most of the flavonoids in Olive Leaf are believed to possess strong anti-inflammatory properties that will relieve inflammatory arthritis, etc. Olive Leaf is said to be an astringent, as well as an antibacterial that combats diarrheal diseases.
by H3rbalCur3s4th3m@ss3s January 07, 2010