Olive Leaf Tea
The Olive Leaf, a historical symbol of peace, has been cultivated for at least 5 000 to 6 000 years with the most ancient evidence of olive cultivation found in Syria & Palestine. The leaves have been used medicinally in various times and places.
The Olive Leaf Tea has a delicious smooth and rich flavour with a mild bitterness which comes from the oleuropein content in the leaf. A vitalizing and health boosting product the tea has an olive green colour. It is been marketed as anti-aging, stimulating the immune system and contains antibiotic agents.
The Olive Leaf is very high in Vitamin C and is used to combat colds, flu, virusesand to increase energy. It has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties to strengthen the immune system and enhance the body’s efforts to fight against invading organisms. It is said to be especially potent when used in combination with other antioxidants. A liquid extract made directly from fresh olive leaves gained international attention when it was shown to have an antioxidant capacity almost double green tea extract (Southern Cross University Australia - Wikipedia).
Olive Leaf Tea is an ideal replacement for normal black tea and can be added to marinades, especially for fish or used in a spice rub to season a variety of dishes. Olive leaf tea can be brewed to your own taste. Steeping the bag for a few minutes will provide a soft, delicate cup whilst leaving it a bit longer provides a stronger more powerful infusion.