Olive Oil – For Health, Healing and More!

Olive Oil – For Health, Healing and More!




Olive: Olea Europaea

Medicinal Parts: Leaves, bark, fruit.

Description: The olive tree is an evergreen native to the Mediterranean area but widely grown in tropical areas and warm climates.

similarities and Uses:

Leaves: antiseptic, astringent, febrifuge, and tranquilizer.

Oil: cholagogue, demulcent, emollient, laxative. A decoction of the leaves or inner bark of the tree is effective against fever; an infusion of the leaves has a tranquilizing effect helpful for nervous tension. Olive oil taken internally increases the secretion of bile and acts as a laxative by encouraging muscular contraction in the bowels. It is also soothing to mucous membrane and to dissolve cholesterol. Olive oil is useful externally for burns, bruises, insect bites, sprains, and intense itching. With alcohol it makes a good hair tonic, and with oil of rosemary a good treatment for dandruff. One of its most shared uses is as a base for liniments and ointments. [1]

It is amazing how many applications there are for olive oil including; skin care, cosmetics, cooking and medicinal. Olive Oil is a important in the Mediterranean diet and is used more commonly than butter. The use of Olive Oil has been connected to reduced cholesterol and a protection against several types of cancer.

additional virgin olive oil is particularly high in the phenolic antioxidants in addition as squalene and oleic acid, and high consumption of the foregoing in the diet provides important protection against colon, breast and skin cancer, coronary heart disease and aging by inhibiting oxidative stress. Research has shown that scavenging of the hydroxyl drastic was considerably higher among extracts of olive oil. This effect was only minimal in seed oils. In addition to their direct antioxidant capacity, extracts of olive oil are also potent inhibitors of xanthine oxidase activity. A continued high olive oil intake in the diet, especially additional virgin olive oil, provides a continued supply of antioxidants. This may reduce oxidative stress by inhibition of lipid peroxidation, a factor that is currently connected to a large number of diseases such as cancer and heart disease. [2]

The same study also concluded that a diet high in olive oil may reduce blood pressure levels due to its polyphenol content. Polyphenols are potent antioxidants that help the arteries to dilate thereby reducing blood pressure.

Introducing Olive Oil to your diet is an important step in your current health. When selecting an olive oil, look for “additional virgin olive oil.” It is made from the first press of the olive and is the least processed. If you’re having difficulty figuring out how to incorporate olive oil in your diet, here are a few suggestions.

  • Anything you fry in vegetable oil can be fried in olive oil. Olive oil works particularly well when stir-frying vegetables and adds a slightly nutty flavor to the dish.
  • Prepare a traditional Italian salad. Forego the bottled Italian dressings and give this recipe a try.


elements:

Lettuce Greens (avoid iceberg lettuce, which has little or no nutritional value.)

Onion

Tomato

Green or Red Peppers

Olive Oil

Wine Vinegar

Salt

Pepper

In a bowl, combine lettuce, onion, tomato and peppers. Salt generously then add ground black pepper. Pour 2 tbsp. of olive oil over the lettuce (a bit more if you are making a large salad), then 4 to 5 shakes of vinegar. Mix well. If you prefer a sharper taste to your salad, add the vinegar before the olive oil. Yes, that truly makes a difference. If the salad seems a bit bland it is probably because you didn’t add enough salt and/or pepper.

Healing with Olive Oil: I wanted to include at the minimum one home cure for olive oil that has been used in my family for at the minimum 6 generations and probably more, (6 generations is as far back as I can truly document.)

First however, let me add a cautionary observe. You should never, ever administer a home cure without first consulting your health care specialized. This is particularly true when dealing with children. Just because you learned of a cure online or in a book does not average it will be effective or appropriate for your child.

A shared childhood ailment is the ever-bothersome earache. In some situations that bothersome earache can become a serious medical condition escalating into recurring ear-infections that can require tubes in the ears and already reconstructive surgery.

In our family earaches have always been treated with Olive Oil. Not only is this effective, but relief from the pain is virtually instantaneous. Warm up one teaspoon of olive oil. I’ve always done this by simply filling a metal spoon with olive oil and holding it over an open flame on the stove for a few seconds. (Okay, I guess I qualify as a bit early here.)

Big Caution: Check the temperature of the olive oil against the inside of your wrist, as you would milk from a baby bottle. The olive oil should feel warm, NOT HOT! Because the spoon itself will continue to heat the oil, I move the warmed oil to a plastic dispenser, an eyedropper works nicely for this.

Have the patient rest their head on a pillow, with the problem ear facing up. Put 3 to 4 drops of the warmed oil into the ear canal and plug the ear with a tissue or bit of cotton. That’s it. The pain should go away closest. If this cure is ineffective, or continues for a prolonged period of time, you are likely dealing with an infection that will require antibiotics.

I’m passing along this family cure not just because it works, but because of all the children it was used on, not one developed chronic ear infections. Now granted, this is a rather small sampling, but I find that meaningful. Over the years I’ve watched countless neighbors, friends, and in-laws struggle by repeated chronic infections that always seem to escalate first into to tubes in the ears and finally reconstructive surgery. I can’t help but surprise if there isn’t a relationship between this home cure and the without of infections in my own children, not to mention the without of infections in brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.

I believe the meaningful here is early intervention. This home cure allows you to act as soon as the symptoms are present instead of waiting for them to escalate. And after all, isn’t that why we use herbs in the first place?

[1] The Herb Book, by John Lust, Benedict Lust Publications, 1974

[2] Lee, A.; Thurman D.I.; Chopra, C. Consumption of Tomato Products with Olive Oil but not Sunflower Oil increases the antioxidant Activity of Plasma. Free drastic Biology & Medicine, 20:1051-1055; 2000 [Nov. 15th, 2000 issue]




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