Olive Leaf Tea
Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Many of us will choose to enjoy a bowl of olives as an appetiser before a meal, but whoever said this popular fruit was the only delicious component of the olive tree? As the name suggests, this herbal tea consists of leaves from the olive tree or the Olea europaea tree.
When these leaves are infused in boiling water, this beverage boasts soft, mellow flavours with a defined herbaceous character. It is likewise recognised for a multitude of health benefits, which include improving the immune system, treating Arthritis, and even lowering blood pressure, Olive Leaf Tea is also completely caffeine-free, It is a great alternative to Green Tea if you are looking to lower your caffeine intake.
Perhaps most interestingly, however, Olive Leaf Tea is believed to be richer in antioxidant potential, as well as being higher in levels of vitamin C, than that of Green Tea! The Olive Leaf is well-known as a symbol of peace. It is no surprise, then, that this beverage is the perfect choice for evoking a sense of wellbeing in everyday life; when the world is incredibly fast-paced and occasionally unforgiving. Consuming Olive Leaf Tea may just be the answer to the harsh realities of our daily routines. It is a truly nourishing brew, and is certainly one of our most popular herbal tisanes.
The Olea europaea tree belongs to the Oleaceae family. In fact, fossil evidence indicates the olive tree had its origins some 20-40 million years ago, and was initially located in the eastern Mediterranean Basin. It has since spread to naturalise in much of Africa and Asia.
The Olive Tree is typically short in size, rarely exceeding heights of 26 to 49 feet (7 to 14 metres). It grows both flowers and fruit; the flowers are small, white and feathery, while the world-famous fruit, the olive, is likewise small, and is usually either black or green when consumed.
The Olive Tree’s leaves, meanwhile, are generally underappreciated in comparison to everyone’s favourite pre-meal snack. However, they have the ability to provide the avid consumer with both delicious flavour and, of course, outstanding health benefits! These pre-brewed leaves are silvery-green in colour and can grow to be 4 to 10 centimetres long and 1 to 3 centimetres wide.
For hundreds of years, both the leaves and the fruit which were, and still are also made into olive oil. During the 19th Century, subtropical British colonies crushed olive leaves to be used in decoctions to help break fever. This is similar to its usage among natives of the Mediterranean region. Today, several scientific studies have established that coronary heart disease rates in the Mediterranean are some of the lowest in the world, owing to their olive fruit and olive leaf-rich diets!
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Both honey or lemon are mouthwatering accompaniments with this herbal tea. However, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company believe it to be best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: Consisting of a fresh, slightly earthy aroma, Olive Leaf Tea is reminiscent of the stunning Mediterranean landscapes from where it originates. To Picture a sun-glistened hill overlooking the Adriatic sea; covered in rows of Olive Trees - is to fully appreciate this delicious beverage. It is easily recognised by its delicate, floral flavours, coupled with its slightly sweet undertones.
Colour in Cup: Pale yellow liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: The frequent consumption of Olive Leaf Tea for medicinal properties is far from a new phenomenon. In fact, since the early 20th Century, numerous scientific research projects have proven that this seemingly unassuming brew has the ability to combat countless ailments prevalent in western society.
In Germany, Olive Leaves and Olive Leaf Tea is sold through pharmacies and department stores for patients with heart problems, Type II Diabetes or merely just fatigue. In Hungary, Japan, and the United States, meanwhile, Olive Leaves are often prescribed as part of many alternative therapies. Further to this, Australia sees an estimated one million dollars a month spent on supplements from olive leaves.
The health benefits associated with the frequent consumption of Olive Leaf Tea are largely due to many bioactive compounds that have antioxidant, antihypertensive, anti-atherogenic, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic, and hypoglycemic properties. One particular, and especially important compound found in Olive Leaves and Olive Leaf Tea is oleuropein.
Prior to human consumption, this substance acts as a natural pesticide, thus protecting the Olive Tree as it bears fruit. It can likewise provide humans with this very same protection when consumed on a frequent basis, as well as increasing blood circulation while simultaneously decreasing pressure in the arteries!
Health PointsDetox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon
CountryMore Than One Origin