Oleuropein can help protect against other age-related chronic conditions as well. Oleuropein – rich olive leaf extracts help prevent many of the underlying factors leading to diabetes, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, and arthritis.
How to Prepare Olive Leaf Tea at Home
Olive leaf can be purchased as an extract in health stores or online. Always make sure the extract was made from organic olive leaves to make sure it’s pesticide free.
If you have access to olive trees, you can make your own tea, just make sure the leaves are of a good quality and haven’t been sprayed with pesticides. Pick olive leaves in the mid-morning when any dew has dried.
The leaves should ideally be oven-dried at just below 150 deg F. (65 deg C). When the leaves are dry, crush them by hand and remove the stalks.
Strain for 10 to 15 minutes, 1 tsp. of dried leaves in a cup of hot water. You may drink three cups a day. The tea is bitter so sweeten with honey. Take this tea with food to avoid stomach irritation.
Olive leaf considers to be safe, but can interfere with certain chemotherapy drugs. In addition, people with low blood pressure are better to pay attention to their blood pressure, so the extract doesn’t reduce it too much. As a general rule, it’s always best to check with your doctor first before taking it.