The olive tree (Olea Europaea) is a Mediterranean fruit tree, originating from Asia Minor, part of the Oleaceae family. It’s also known under the name of the olive tree, and today is cultivated on all continents, especially in the regions from South Europe.
The tree can reach the height of 12-15 meters long, with a wooden strain, small leaves and lance-shaped, colored in green on their superior part and white on the inferior part, with small flowers colored in a mixture of white and green, disposed in an axial inflorescence.
The meaty fruits are green at the beginning and when they reach maturity they become black, with a kernel each, placed right in the middle.
What do the olives and the olive trees contain?
- They are rich in vitamins such as A, B1, B2, C, E, PP.
- They are rich in minerals, such as phosphor, potassium, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, chloride,
- cuprum, iron, manganese.
- Water, parotids, oil, glucoses, organic acids
- The caloric value of the olives: 100 g of olives have around for 224 calories
- The pure oils made out of fresh fruits are the richer ones in vitamins, especially the vitamins A
- and E
- The olive oil contains chlorophyll.
The preparation and utilization guide: using olives in treating affections and diseases:
Olive trees are used in the medical field, especially the leaves and the fruits, from which, through the cold pressing process, they obtain olive oil.
The infusion of olive leaves is prepared from 15-30 grams of leaves in a liter of hot water. This preparation is infused for 15 minutes, after which it’s ready to be drank.
Arterial hypertension: olive leaves are an excellent remedy against arterial hypertension because it produces the dilatation and the maintenance of the arterial elasticity, as it decreases the level of urea in blood and reduces the edemas for cardio-renal and hypertensive persons. It’s recommended to drink two cups of hot infusion per day, sweetened with sugar, in the morning and in the evening.
Fever and diabetes: olive leaves are used against fever, having tonic and anti-diabetic properties. It’s recommended to consume two cups of infusion in cups of hot water during the mornings and evenings. The concentration can be sweetened with sugar or honey. Olives are recommended in case of diabetes because they share the same nutritional value as meat.
The elimination of kidney stones, colitits, hepatitis, constipation– it’s recommended to have 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil, in the morning, before breakfast. You can add lemon juice as well.
Abscess, boils– poultices with olive oil or with baked olives are recommended in this case. Also, the olive pulp that has been very well crumbed is placed directly on the ill area in order to rush the curing process.
Anemia– especially for children, the massage with olive oil is recommended.
Gingivitis – gingivitis is taken care of by massaging the gums with olive oil which can cure suppuration.
Neuritis, sprains, rheumatism allergies– the olive oil combined with crumbed garlic make a paste that can be used for local physical massage. 200 ml of oil are added over one clove of garlic and is macerated for 3 days. For sprains it’s recommended to have a bath with salted water and local physical massages with olive oil.
Constipation– constipation is treated with repeated processes of washing with a solution obtained from 300 ml olive oil in one liter of water. Also, the olive oil infusion has a good diuretic effect.
The gout– prepare a potion out of: dried chamomile flowers and 8 parts of olive oil. It’s boiled in bain–marie, strained and is used during the massage sessions for local parts of your body.
Gallstones– the olive oil stimulates the gall’s secretion, helping its drainage in the intestine, and in this way it trains the eventual gallstones.
Arteriosclerosis, intestinal diseases– with the help of olive oil one can activate the intestinal functions and combat the irritations produced by the intoxications upon the intestinal mycosis; one can also prevent so arteriosclerosis and intestinal diseases. It’s used in the morning, by ingesting one single olive oil on an empty stomach.
Cardiovascular affections– the olives and the olive oil contain vitamin E which acts like a strong antioxidant, fighting against the cardiovascular affections and reducing the aging process of the organism.
Asthma, arthritis –olives have a good anti-inflammatory effect and reduce the asthmatic symptoms.
Burns- olive oil combined with fresh egg whites is a mixture that calms the pains provoked by burns and helps curing them.
The sensation of plugged ears– place inside your ear a piece of wool soaked in warm olive oil.
Hair loss- a good remedy is obtained by massaging the skin on your head with olive oil every night, before going to sleep, covering the hair during the night and repeating the procedure for 10 days.
Maintaining a healthy and young skin- olive oil feeds and softens the skin. It’s recommended to apply a thin layer of oil on your face and body every day.
The marks and cracks under the skin or nails– it’s recommended to apply on the specific affected areas olive oil mixed with lemon juice and the results won’t hesitate to come.
Getting the perfect tan for your skin– during summer, it’s indicated to cover your skin with olive oil if you wish for a faster tanning process. Be careful, though regarding your type of skin- it’s probable to get a perfect unwanted burn together with your tan.
Dry skin– this illness is treated with olive oil in combination with almond oil. Together they feed the skin and help it regenerate.