Since planting our olive grove in 2002, we’ve learnt so many new ways that we can harness the amazing properties of our olive trees. We began by harvesting the fruit of the trees and using them for table olives or cold pressing them to create olive oil for dishes at our Farm Kitchen. We then designed and developed a range of body products using our extra virgin olive oil and olive leaf extract produced by the leaves of our olive trees. We have just recently extended the scope of the uses of our olive grove by harvesting the leaves to create olive leaf tea! In this blog post, we’ll let you know why olive leaf tea is so great, we’ll introduce you to the different blends we have carefully formulated and then fill you in on the great natural benefits that these tea blends can have for your health.
Why olive leaves?
Olive leaves have been shown to have a number of benefits for your overall health and wellbeing. They have been used for centuries to promote immunity and ward off symptoms of colds and flu due to their richness in antioxidants and vitamin C. This richness in antioxidants also means that olive leaves have the ability to slow down or prevent the formation of cancer cells. Olive leaves are great for cardiovascular health, being shown to reduce blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes by reducing plaque on the walls of the arteries. They have also been shown to be beneficial to bone health, cognitive function and controlling blood glucose levels.
Our Detox blend was designed to help the body remove toxins as well support digestive function and weight loss. We sourced quality ingredients that are full of phytonutrients to help with gastrointestinal conditions such as acid reflux, gallstones and Crohn’s disease. Nettle leaves are rich in iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, boron, strontium, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamins A, C, K, and B, which all have benefits for your overall health. Red clover is extremely rich in antioxidants, which, along with the antioxidants of the olive leaves, St Mary’s thistle and dandelion root, work to prevent cancerous cells from forming. Lemon peel, lemon verbena, burdock and liquorice root have been shown to help with reliving gastrointestinal problems and easing indigestion. Lemon peel can also help with weight loss, protect against heart disease, kidney stones and cancer. This blend is great for those who are suffering from upset stomachs, heartburn or who simply want to clean out their digestive system.
The ingredients in our Women’s Health blend were included to target the specific health needs of women. Chamomile is a key ingredient in the blend, known to help ease cramps and reduce headaches and muscle pain, all symptoms of menstruation that can be extremely painful. Ginger may also help to reduce tension in the muscles as well as treat nausea caused by morning sickness or menstruation. We have also included raspberry leaf as it can help increase fertility, balance hormones, decrease inflammation and boost the immune system. The inclusion of red rose and nettle mean that our Women’s Health blend can help treat urinary tract infections due to their detoxifying and diuretic properties. We recommend this blend for women, especially for during menstruation and ovulation as it may be able to reduce some of the symptoms associated with these times.
Our Immunity Olive Leaf Tea is a citrusy, fresh blend that helps prevent you from getting sick and treats symptoms of colds and flu. Echinacea root has been traditionally used as a medicinal plant to treat viral infections like colds and flu and promote better immune health. Many of the ingredients in this blend are extremely rich in antioxidants; liquorice root, lemon grass, hibiscus and lemon peel contain the most potent antioxidants which can help ease symptoms of colds and flu. Siberian ginseng can help decrease fatigue and give you more energy and spearmint works to reduce inflammation in the body. Our immunity tea is great to drink when your sick because not only will the ingredients help you recover, but the warmth of the tea is extremely soothing on sore or irritated throats. Drinking this tea all year round will help improve your immune system and help lower the chances of you getting sick.
Not only do these teas have great benefits for your health and wellbeing, but they also taste really good! You can purchase these teas online or at the farm.