The phenolic compounds present in olive leaves, especially oleuropein, have been found to have therapeutic effects for many conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.

Olive phenols and their derivatives are associated with many therapeutic properties. The health benefits gained from these polyphenols depend on how much is consumed, and on how much the body can absorb.

According to Dr. Hoffman, health professionals began prescribing Olive leaf extract (OLE) in 1995. Dr. Ronald Hoffman, MD is a practitioner of integrative medicine who has been practicing medicine for 30 years and is the Medical Director of the Hoffman Center in New York.

He also hosts the Intelligent Medicine, Podcast series, is the author of many books and frequently gives health related lectures geared to his colleagues and the general public.

Dr. Hoffman has found, based on research and clinical data, that olive leaf extract is very beneficial in the treatment of a wide variety of health conditions including conditions related to a virus, retrovirus, bacterium or protozoan.

For example: influenza, the common cold, candida infections, meningitis, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes I and II, human herpes virus 6 and 7, shingles (Herpes zoster), HIV/ARC/AIDS, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, malaria, dengue, severe diarrhea, and dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections.

Additionally, olive leaf can also be used long-term as a preventative agent or daily tonic, especially for those with stressful lives or who may be especially susceptible to colds or other viruses.

In fact, olive leaf may be one of several herbs that usher in the new and improved holistic antibiotic era replacing harmful, toxic and now increasingly ineffective Big Pharma antibiotics.

The health benefits of olive leaf extract (we recommend this) are being published widely throughout the world. A recent book by medical researcher Morton Walker is filled with case histories, testimonials and studies of health problems that were helped through the regular use of Olive Leaf Extract.

Walker is the author of numerous books, over 1,800 clinical journal and magazine articles and the winner of many awards.

One factor that makes olive leaf a superior antibiotic as compared to Big Pharma’s indiscriminate synthetic antibiotics is its ability to selectively block an entire virus-specific system in the infected host.

Although, olive leaf acts as a broad spectrum antibiotic, “it selectively interferes with critical amino acid production for viruses; it has the ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses, by preventing virus shredding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane; and the ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication.”

Here’s a great video to watch that discusses why you should think about using olive leaf:

History of the Olive Leaf

Olive leaf was first mentioned officially in Europe as medicine about 150 years ago.

In 1854, The Pharmaceutical Journal documented the ability of olive leaf tincture to cure advanced cases of fever and malaria, as documented by a Daniel Hanbury who was kind enough to include the exact recipe used: “Boil a handful of leaves in a quart of water down to half its original volume.

Then administer the liquid in the amount of a wineglass every 3 or 4 hours until the fever is cured.” Intuitively, Hanbury opined that it was probably a bitter substance in the olive leaf that was responsible for its effectiveness against fevers and malaria.

In ancient Greek mythology, the olive tree was a gift from the goddess Athena. The olive tree is incredibly hardy and resistant to disease; astonishingly, many olive trees have lived for as long as two or three thousand years!

Olive leaf extract (we recommend this) is derived from the olive tree (Olea europaea), which is native to the Mediterranean. Olives and olive leaf are the first botanicals prominently noted in the Bible, in Ezekiel 47:12, “The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine” – thus its nickname, “Tree of Life.”

In Ancient Egypt the olive leaf was a symbol of heavenly power. The Egyptians extracted the oil from olives and used it to mummify pharaohs.