Olive Leaf



In ancient Greece, the olive tree was worshipped as sacred – a person found guilty of destroying one could be exiled or even executed. Its oil, besides being used sacrificially, was also used in the production of perfumes, medicine and in daily life as a basic product in diet, lighting and heating. Mentioned in the Bible, “the fruit (olive) thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine”, olive leaves have been used by traditional Mediterranean medical practitioners for thousands of years, most often used, topically in wound dressings (as the leaves sped wound healing) and to soothe rashes, ingested to cleanse the liver, and in decoctions to reduce fever and fight infection. At present, olive leaf is used as an herbal remedy in improving blood circulation, and for the treatment of high blood pressure and hypertension due to their impressively high levels of olive phenolics.
The importance of olive leaves can never be underestimated – full-leafed olive branches have come to symbolise peace and prosperity in Mediterranean and western cultures, even appearing on the seal of the United Nations and on British and American coins.
Our award winning organic olive leaves are handpicked from the beautiful olive groves of the Spanos family on the island of Naxos, Greece, normally in the days after Assumption Day (23 August onwards). The whole family comes together to collect and process pristine Koroneiki olive leaves, from trees which are 400-600 years old, drying them naturally under the Mediterranean sun! Compared to standard olive leaves, our leaves are sweeter in flavour, due to type of tree and purer growing conditions.
Distinctively pungently flavoured, with grassy undertones, olive leaf tisane is perfect at any time of the day and may be drunk as part of a healthy lifestyle routine.