Product: Olive Leaves
Latin Name: Olea europaea syn. Olea Oleaster, Olea lancifolia, Olea gallica.
Plant Family: Oleaceae
Other Names: Common Olive, European Olive, L’Olivier, Olivo, Ulivo, Mitan, Oliva, Zeytin, Zaytun, Elia, Ölbaum, Oliberi, Wild Olive, Olienhout, Mohlware, Mutlhwari & Motlhware.
Description: The olive tree is an evergreen shrub or tree which can reach a height of up to 15 metres, native to the Mediterranean it can also be found growing in western Asia and northern Africa. The leaves are olive green on the upper side and grey-green on the underside, oblanceolate (reversed lanceolate shape: attached to the stem by the pointed end, with the other end rounded) and approximately 4–10 centimetres in length. The 4-petaled flowers are creamy white with a greeny-yellow calyx and grow in the leaf axils in clusters.
Brief History: According to legend the olive was given to the world by Minerva the Roman Goddess of wisdom and peace known as Athena to the Greeks. Today the olive is seen as a worldwide symbol of peace. The olive is one of the oldest cultivated trees in the world, it is documented to be grown in Crete as far back as 3,000 B.C., and have been found amongst the contents of Egyptian tombs dating back to 2,000 B.C. An infusion of the leaves has been used historically to clean and disinfect wounds and poultices of the leaves have been used to boils and skin eruptions.
SUGGESTED USEExtracts of olive leaf are used in the cosmetic industry in skin preparations that require antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components; the extract is used commercially in anti-aging products. The oil is used to make soaps, creams and lotions, and can be used to help treat dandruff; it is also used in cooking. A greeny-yellow dye can be obtained from the leaves.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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