Review: Oli Viva Olive Leaf Tea

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Its OK"The taste of this tisane is very unique, it has hints of grapefruit along side a strong olive taste. If I was desperately ill, and/or searching for an herbal remedy, I would consider keeping this on hand. "
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olivivateaOlives have an age-old history dating back to 6,000 years ago. Olive trees are believed to be native to Asia Minor and have spread from Iran, Syria and Palestine to the rest of the Meditteranean basin. Olive trees were very common in Biblical times, a large number of them grew on what is called the Mount of Olives in Jeruselum. Though there remains only a select few ancient olive trees, suggested to be over 1,000 years old, the Mount of Olives has been taken over by thousands of graves, though it was always a popular burial site. While researching I actually found a beautiful picture of one of these lone olive trees suggested to date back to the Roman period. This tree surrounds a modern church on a hill known as Gethsemane, which means “olive press”. Learning about the rich history of the olive tree is actually quite a rabbit hole, leading you on a diverse historical journey. Olives are one of the most cited plants in Western culture, they are mentioned in the Bible, in Homer’s Odyssey, in Greek and Roman culture, even Spanish colonists were thought to bring olives to the New World.

When we think of olives, we typically think of the actual fruit. We find them rolling around the grocery store floor at the olive bar, we find them in cocktails and at family gatherings (that is if your family actually likes olives). What we don’t think of is the leaves that gain nutrients to produce this famed fruit. In herbal medicine, the leafs of plants are just as useful as the flower or root of the plant, all parts have their own part in healing.

Olive leaves contain beneficial chemicals, the most common known as oleuropein as well as anti-cancer agents apigenin and luteolin. Oleuropein is a powerful antioxident, it is known to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, as well as anti-viral. There are numerous studies on the effect of oleuropein. Two studies I found sited cases of it’s anti-cancer properties as well as it’s effect on HIV-1.

In a study done by H2RC Corporation in California, oleuropein was tested on tumor ridden mice by giving them a dose of 1% in their water over the course of 12 days. The results are amazing, after 9 days of treatment the tumors were visibly regressed (you can actually see it in the pictures from the journal article). The outcome was that oleuropein actually inhibited cell growth, motility and invasivness of cancerous cells in mice (Hamdi, H. K, Castellon, R. (2005) Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 334, 769-778).

Another study done by New York University School of Medicine demonstrated oleuropein’s antiviral activity on HIV-1 by inhibiting acute infection and preventing cell to cell transmission of the virus (Lee-Huang, S. et. al. (2003) Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 307, 1029-1037).

Clearly there is science to prove the benefits of olives.

Oliviva is an online website that sells pure olive leaf tea. For my sample I received a few bags of crushed olive leaves. I brewed the tea bag with water just off the boil in about 8 ounces of water. My first brew lasted about 3 minutes, I did not enjoy the taste at all. I had a very difficult time getting past the strong olive taste, I don't like olives.

I tried a second time with a fresh bag and brewed for only about 30 seconds till the water turned a light yellow, olive oil yellow liquor. The scent of the infusion quickly reminded me of sardines in olive oil. The taste is very unique, it has hints of grapefruit along side a strong olive taste. The liquor is very clear and has an almost oily shimmer to it.

As far as taste, I wouldn't say it's horrible, nor would I say I'd choose this infusion over others. Considering I don't like the taste of olives makes me quite biased on this one. Though I don't thoroughly enjoy the taste, it's bearable. Considering the research behind the olive leaf, If I was desperately ill, and/or searching for an herbal remedy, I would consider keeping this on hand. I'd even consider doing a little experiment on my own and replace an antibiotic with it if I was in a situation where I needed that.

Since I have to rate this tea for taste, I'd give it a 6.5. If I was rating this tea as far as it's potential health benefits, I'd give it a 9.0.

For more information, check out Michael North's sister website as well as the numerous journal articles sited on Oli Viva's website. If you're into science, as I am, you will find the research astonishing.

— To purchase Oli Viva Olive Leaf Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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