Olive oil is well known for its flavor and health benefits but the leaf has been used medicinally as well.
Since we have so many organic leaves on Finca La Capellania during the harvest, I thought I’d search around the web to see what I can learn and I found the following on wikipedia.org:
A liquid extract made directly from fresh olive leaves recently gained international attention when it was shown to have an antioxidant capacity almost double green tea extract and 400% higher than vitamin C. Bioassays support its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory effects at a laboratory level.
Olive leaf extract (OLE) is made from ground-up olive leaf then brewed into a liquid. Some people just put the ground-up powder into capsule or pill form. And others combined the extract with olive oil and/or other oils to make soap and skin creams.
As I said earlier, our olive oil comes from organic olive trees where absolutely no chemicals are used on the trees, fruits or the soil. So if you’d like to get your hands on these hard to find leaves, we have a lot of them. In the mean time I am still trying to learn if the jack and jenny ass eats olive leaves or not.