Hello my dear readers 🙂
On this blog post I will share with you my knowledge
about olive leaves and their benefits
(reasons why they are so healthy both for internal and external use)
and my easy but powerful DIY facial mask
that balances, nourishes, protects and repairs the skin.
While I was traveling to visit my family in Israel I was inspired by the Mediterranean nature….
As a Naturopath I work a lot with the gift of nature- herbal medicine
and every time I see the affects on my surrounding I feel amazed by the wisdom of Mother Nature!
Therefore I decided to share with you more about one of the most common trees in Israel that is packed with health benefits.
The OLIVE TREE!
In Israel the soil and the climate create the perfect match for the olive trees growth.
Israel is a country with a wide variety of landscapes
from the north of the country which is more wild and mountainous with the beautiful Carmel mountain and Golan heights, rivers and the famous lake Kinneret called also “The Sea of Galilee”
through the south with beautiful beaches alongside the Mediterranean Sea
or big and populated cities like Jerusalem, the holy city,
and Tel Aviv, a vibrant modern city, visitors can always find a perfect combination for a perfect vacation 🙂
You can also find a very special place, called the Dead Sea, earth’s lowest elevation, its waters are rich in natural minerals with lots of health benefits.
As part of Israel views you can see olive trees that grows everywhere.
From olive trees olive oil is produced, and olives that are commonly used all around the world.
As part of herbal medicine we are using the olive leaf that is considered to be a medicinal herb from the ancient times.
The olive leaf has many particular benefits that include cardiovascular and immune system support.(1)
- can help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure
- prevent cancer
- protect against oxidative damage
- help guard against cognitive decline
The most famous active ingredient is Oleuropein-
a polyphenol compound that is found in the olive leaf.
Its pharmacological activities include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenic, anti-cancer activities, antimicrobial activity, antiviral activity, hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic effect. (2)
The olive leaf also has strong benefits when applied topically on the skin
oleuropein is a strong antioxidant, and has been shown to significantly reduce skin reddening, improve blood flow and dehydration, better than Vitamin E (3)
I created this easy DIY mask recipe that is suitable for every skin type:
I used natural pomegranate seeds oil as a serum,
I wrote in the past about all the benefits of green clay, and you can read about it here.
That’s it for now 🙂
Until the next time