Nature's powerful antiviral - Olive Leaf
There’s nothing worse than hearing ‘it’s a virus’ from the Doctor and knowing there isn’t much you can do that ride it out. That’s when Olive Leaf comes to the rescue…
Olive leaf’s antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidant properties may help to both prevent and treat colds and flu. In fact, any illness or condition due to a virus, bacteria, or yeast infection may benefit from treatment with olive leaf.
It helps aide against colds and flu, sore throats, viruses, chest infections, candida, herpes viruses including cold sores, genital herpes, shingles, & Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), as well as glandular fever, UTIs, and surgical infections. Olive leaf may help prevent infection, assist recovery and strengthen a weakened immune system.
So it’s great to take before you get sick as an immune booster, as well as if you already have germs.
It is thought the properties in olive leaf work on colds & flus in two ways – firstly they may attack the flu virus once symptoms are present, improving immune function and reducing symptoms. They also work to stop the virus replicating and spreading, so you get better faster.
In addition, the bitter properties in olive leaf helps stimulate the liver (great for hormonal balance, detoxifying, and overall health) and promotes digestion.
Scientific research also shows the support heart and cardiovascular health, blood sugar levels and helping lower high blood pressure. One study found that olive leaf extract’s antiviral and antimicrobial properties help reduce the ability of the herpes virus to invade surrounding cells and spread.
How to take Olive Leaf
Olive leaf extract can be found in capsules, liquids, and teas.
For flu treatment at home, the capsules and teas work best. When buying a supplement, make sure it contains oleuropein. Adults and children can sip the tea several times per day. At the first sign of an infection, cold or flu regardless of whether it is bacterial or viral an initial intensive dosage regime of 2 or 3 capsules of standardized olive leaf extract three or four times a day may be taken for two or three days and then use the recommended dosage.
You can also make a tea from the leaves if you have access to olive trees.
Olive Leaf Tea
Pick 4-5 young leaves, gently crush in your hands, add boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. You can take the liquid hot or cold and can add lemon, honey, ginger or other flavours to taste.
Adults and children can sip the tea several times per day.
If you take any blood pressure medication or blood thinners or have diabetes, check with your doctor before taking olive leaf extract.
Disclaimer: The information presented here has been written to the best of our knowledge. However, the information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.