Information on Olive

Latin NameOlea europea
Part UsedFruit Oil, Leaf
Herb FormsOil, tincture, extract in capsules, tablets.
AffectsDigestive system, Immune system, Cardiovascular system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA small-leaved evergreen tree with silver-gray and green foliage. The fruits are purple.
DescriptionOlive oil is used externally for cradle cap and both internally and in enema form for impacted colon. Olive leaves are high in bioflavonoids, and a tincture is used for mild hypertension and as a general cardiovascular tonic. Recent clinical reports show that olive leaf extract acts as an effective antiviral and may be a promising new treatment for herpes.

Olive has a taste of BLAND and a temperature of WARM.


Tincture1-2 droppersful 2 x daily
Extract1-2 capsules or tablets 2 x daily
Oil1-2 tablespoons

Ailments Treated by Olive

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Hypertensioncardiac tonictincture


Blumenthal, Mark et al. 1998. The Complete Commission E Monographs. Austin: American Botanical Council.
Remington, J.P. et al. 1918. The Dispensatory of the U.S. of America. 20th. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott.