Olive trees have great barriers against disease and attacks, making them live far longer than most trees…when determined that it is the olive leaf extract that helps, it began being used in homeopathic medicine.
I’ve used it for helping sick animals get better as both a support to veterinary medicine and when veterinary medicine is not working, or I need to keep sick wildlife or chickens going until I can get with a vet. Sometimes when this is given at night, with a turmeric and coconut milk mixture, it’s all they need and they bounce right back due to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
But most people take it for themselves as a health supplement, such as in tea. And I’ve done that too. It does seem to help if my blood pressure is elevated. I don’t think I have to say that one should not seek medical help on Amazon, but I can say I’ve personally been cured when my doctor could not homeopathically so I am a believe that you can do MORE for yourself, and see if you even need drugs in the end. My own blood pressure went down so low by natural cures that I was removed from 2 blood pressure pills I’d taken for years, so I’d also say see how you do…One particularly fascinating study was conducted among identical twins with borderline hypertension (blood pressure in the range of 120-139 mmHg over 80-89 mmHg).10 Studies of identical twins virtually eliminate genetic variations which may impact study results. After 8 weeks, placebo recipients showed no change in blood pressure from baseline, but patients supplemented with 1,000 mg/day of olive leaf extract dropped their pressures by a mean of 11 mmHg systolic and 4 mmHg diastolic.10 The supplemented patients experienced significant reductions in LDL cholesterol.
A human study measured olive leaf extract against captopril, one of the conventional drugs used for treating hypertension.11 In this study, patients with stage-1 hypertension (140-159 mmHg over 90-99 mmHg) took either 500 mg of olive leaf extract twice daily, or 12.5 mg of captopril twice daily, which was increased as needed to 25 mg twice daily. After 8 weeks of treatment, both groups experienced a drop in mean blood pressure from baseline (11.5 and 13.7 mmHg systolic; 4.8 and 6.4 mmHg diastolic, respectively), with no significant difference between the two groups. In other words, the olive leaf extract performed as well as the prescription drug. A closer look in the laboratory reveals the reason for this equivalence. Although they utilize different mechanisms of action (oleuropein acts as a natural calcium channel blocker and captopril is a well-known ACE-inhibitor), both oleuropein and captopril function inside the vasculature to decrease the tension in the walls of blood vessels and promote widening of the vessels (vasodilation), ultimately lowering blood pressure.12-15
It’s used for diabetes, for arthritis, and more…it’s likely one of the more popular homeopathic drugs because it’s one of those that just seems to have great healing results but no side effects so it’s not worrisome to at least try it as a support.