Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!

OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT (Olea europa, Olea europaea)

Olive Leaf Extract is made from the leaves of the olive tree. The leaves are the main part used in extracting the herbal medicine. The olive tree belongs to the family Oleaceae and is native to the Metiteranian areas of Asia Minor and Syria.
Olive Leaf use as a herbal remedy dates back to ancient Greece. Hippocrates prescribed olive oil for many ailments including ulcers.
Olive Leaf It was around 1900 that the secoiridoid compound oleuropein was isolated from the Olive Leaf, and Olive Leaf Extract came into use in modern society.

Since then other secoiridoids, ligustroside and oleacein have been found in the Olive Leaf. They also contain the triterpenoids oleanolic acid and uvaol. As well as the flavonoids chrysoeriol, apigenin, luteolin glycosides, quercitin and kaempferol.
This herbal extract is loaded with sterols and antioxidants.

Benefits and uses:

Internal use:
Olive Leaf Extract with at least 20% oleuropein in either pill or liquid form taken daily will aid many ailments, some are listed below

-The antioxidants in Olive Leaf Extract protect the heart and circulatory system from free radical damage, lowering blood fats and increasing blood circulation.
-oleuropein lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and hypertension.
-the compound oleuropein is also beneficial for treating virus conditions, bacteria and protozoa.The antiviral compound slows the production of amino acids needed to form a virus.
-Olive Leaf Extract is an antiseptic astringent herb that lowers fever.
-it has some effect against antibiotic resistant bacteria.
-Olive Leaf Extract aids with candida and yeast infections and the resulting vaginal discharge.
-it is used in the treatment of herpes.
-it improves kidney function.
-for diabetes it has been found that Olive Leaf compounds can decrease blood sugar levels.
-for rheumatoid arthritis it eases of joint pains and eliminates toxins like uric acid which can cause crystals to form in your joints. -PMS, weight problems, headaches, psoriasis

Healthy people use Olive Leaf Extract to boost energy levels and as a preventative herb.

External use:
-Olive Leaf Extract can be added to formulation to repair skin damage caused by UV radiation.
-it assists with wound healing.
-it will boost the overall health of the skin.
-Olive Leaf Extracts applied to aching muscles will causes an increase in the blood flow.

Olive Leaf Tea:
The healing properties of Olive Leaf can be had in the form of herbal tea. Olive Leaf Tea has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years to treat coughs, sore throat, cystitis, fever and gout.
Many people drink Olive Leaf Tea as a preventative measure to keep them healthy.

Olive Leaf Extract may interfere with antibiotics and should not be taken while taking antibiotics. Always follow label directions and advise your medical physician of any supplements taken.

OREGANO (Origanum vulgare)

Oregano is a member of the mint family and is a perennial herb native to Europe, the Mediterranean, and south and central Asia. The name Oregano is Greek for "joy of the mountain".

The Oregano leaves (dried or fresh) are used as a popular seasoning in salads and tomato dishes, but also have many medicinal properties.

There are many different species of Oregano. The main two used are Greek Oregano (Origanum heracleoticum) used in Mediterranean cooking, and the milder, sweeter Common Oregano (Origanum vulgare) or Wild Marjoram which is often used in French and English cuisine.

OREGANO HERB Benefits and uses:
The herb had used medicinally by the ancient Greeks and Chinese, and in modern times found to have many benefits and healing properties.
The essential oil of Oregano contains the two primary compounds of thymol and carvacrol. Thymol is used in commercial cough syrups, drops and Vicks VapoRub©.
Oregano is also high in antioxidants. Dried Oregano has an ORAC value of 200129 and fresh Oregano an ORAC value of 13970 -- See our Antioxidant Page).
Oil of oregano is antimicrobial, acting on food borne pathogens, and is also a good natural antiseptic.

Internal use:
- relieves fever, diarrhea, jaundice, and vomiting
- Oregano eases menstrual pain
- treats coughs and bronchial irritations
- eases colds, influenza, and mild fevers
- if gargled Oregano eases a scratchy dry throat
- aids with canker sores

External use:
- compresses are used to treat sores and aching muscles and joints
- a salve of dried oregano leaves mixed with honey heals bruises
- poultice of Oregano used topically treats menstrual cramps and rheumatism
- Oregano can be used for acne and itchy skin
- Use aromatherapy to aid asthma, bronchitis, stuffy nose, arthritis, and muscular ache and pain symptoms

Hot Oregano Tea is an excellent remedy for coughing,indigestion and gas. Mild teas also have a soothing effect and will aid with a restful sleep.

Prepare Oregano Tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of dried oregano or 3 tablespoons fresh crushed Oregano leaves in large cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired.

There are no known side effects of Oregano, although some people might be alergic to plants in the Oregano family such as marjoram, basil, hyssop, sage or mint.

Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!


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