Have you been looking for an easy, natural way to support your immune system or help soothe skin irritations? Or, maybe you’re looking for a natural way to help maintain your blood pressure in the normal range and stabilize your metabolism? Perhaps it’s time to extend the olive branch … to your body. Read this blog post to find out how olive leaf tea may make a difference to your health!
Researchers have recently discovered that the leaves of the olive tree contain the same nourishing and disease fighting properties as olive oil, which is often highly recommended by medical professionals as part of a healthy diet. Olive leaf extract is sold in supplement form, but if you’re looking for quicker absorption, you might want to try olive leaf tea!
Try a Mediterranean Diet
Medical professionals and natural health enthusiasts alike recommend implementing a Mediterranean style diet because of it’s numerous proven health benefits. This diet typically consists of large amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil, but as newer research shows, olive leaf extract or olive leaf tea can be substituted, giving you more options and potentially saving you hundreds of calories!
The olive tree is a rockstar when it comes to potential health benefits. Its power lies in one of its bioactive compounds known as oleuropein. Here are just a few of the benefits researchers say oleuropein from olive leaf extract may offer:
- Supports cardiovascular health
- Helps maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range
- Promotes healthy cognitive function
- Supports metabolism
- Offers immune system support
- Helps soothe irritated skin
Tips to Make Your Own Olive Leaf Tea
So, now that we’ve made the case for adding olive leaf extract to your daily routine, let’s talk about how to consume it. Dietary supplements such as Olive Leaf by Gaia Herbs or Olive Leaf Extract by NOW Foods are an easy and convenient way to get in your daily recommended dose (500 mg twice a day). However, if you’re looking for a faster way to absorb nutrients, olive leaf tea is the way to go.
There are several routes you can go when making olive leaf tea. You can gather and prepare the leaves yourself (just dry them out in the oven first, remove the stalks, and crumble). Then pour hot water over loose leaves (bring water to a boil and let cool for a minute or two so you don’t burn the leaves). Use loose leaves in a tea ball and steep 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of dried leaves in 1 cup (250 ml) of hot water for 10–15 minutes. Or, you can purchase prepackaged olive leaf tea bags. Dried leaf extracts contain about 6–15% oleuropein.
Most people enjoy the natural taste of olive leaf tea, but depending on how long you let it steep, it can have a strong bitter taste. To add some flavor (or enhance the natural aroma), here are some tips to spice it up:
- Add a slice of lemon or orange
- Add a natural sweetener such as stevia or honey
- Reduce bitterness by adding milk or cream
- Pair with other herbal flavorings such as lavender, peppermint, or vanilla
Olive leaf extract also comes in liquid drops (such as Whole Leaf Olive Extract from Herb Pharm) or powder, which can easily be added to food and beverages. Try adding a dose of the liquid to your morning juice or some of the powder to your afternoon smoothie. It’s easy to cook with too, particularly if you’re making a recipe with Mediterranean components.
How do you get your daily dose of olive leaf extract? Share your favorite recipes for olive leaf tea in the comments below!