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Olive Leaf

Olea europa

The Olive is a small evergreen tree native to Mediterranean regions. The characteristic green to blue-black fruit of this tree produces a useful edible oil. The olive tree has been held in high esteem throughout history. Moses reportedly decreed that men who cultivated the leaf be exempt from serving in the army. The oil is symbolic of purity and goodness, while the olive branch represents peace and prosperity. Historically, medicinal use of olive leaf has been for treatment of fevers and for the topical treatment of wounds or infection.


200mg (standardised extract) one to three times daily. Olive leaf can be irritating to the stomach lining and should be taken with meals.

Potential applications

Influenza, the common cold, Candida infections, meningitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome due to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes simplex, shingles (Herpes zoster), HIV, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, malaria, severe diarrhoea, and dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections. Cardiovascular disease - angina, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and arrhythmia. Gout, rheumatic pain, intestinal spasm. Fever lowering (febrifuge). Psoriasis.

Known contraindications

None known.


None known.

Use in conjunction with

  • Candida - Probiotics, garlic, grapefruit seed extract, Oregon grape


The use of potent anti-microbial agents can cause a 'die-off' response known as 'Herxheimer' effect, due to the influx of toxins from the destroyed organisms.


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