Can’t Get Rid Of That Bacteria Infection? Three Words. Olive Leaf Extract.
The other day, our daughter asked if I would print out a picture of Grandpa’s hospital room. I asked her why she needed it. She responded that a teacher asked them to bring in a photo that resembled what they did this summer. Sadly, I agreed that her summer was filled full of daily visits to Grandpa in intensive care. Grandpa had a bacterial infection that went septic. I’m glad that our children are so dedicated to seeing their Grandpa daily; but, I realized that our summer wasn’t as fun as we had hoped. Love is a wonderful thing and even overcomes a summer spent in the hospital.
This brings up the conversation about bacterial infections. Bacteria, viruses, and fungi are the cause of numerous infectious diseases. Your best defense against a bacterial infection may be a natural solution. Most bacteria can actually be helpful to the body. But, it is that 1% of bacteria that can really cause problems. If bacteria could have a “brain,” they would be pretty smart. Bacteria are adaptable. With the overuse of antibiotics, we’ve helped bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. I’m not judging. I’m right there with you. I’ve had too many sinus infections that I can count.
Olive leaf is a powerful medicinal herb with the healing properties for the immune system. Scientist has discovered what folklore has known for years. Olive leaf extract has a unique molecule, Oleuropein, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Oleuropein extracts from olive leaves can be exceptionally potent in defending the body from microbes. This powerful compound in olive leaves extinguish invading organisms and stops infections in their tracks.
According to Therapeutic Research’ Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database olive leaf is used for treatment of viral, bacterial, and protozoal conditions including influenza, cold, meningitis, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), herpes, shingles, HIV, chronic fatigue, and hepatitis B. Olive leaf is also used for pneumonia; tuberculosis (TB); gonorrhea; malaria; dengue; bacteremia; severe diarrhea; blood poisoning; and infections including dental, ear, urinary tract, and surgical infections. In a 2017 research study, olive leaf extract has the potential to be used as an antimicrobial to control foodborne pathogens.
There is no common consensus on the general recommended dose for using olive leaf extract. Herbal folklore recommends taking one tablespoon before meals. I find the taste very pungent so many times I add it to a small amount of cranberry or blueberry juice and shoot it down in a shot glass. Other times, I’ll insert the extract with a dropper into empty vegetable capsule(s) and take with water.
Olive leaf is generally safe and doesn’t cause any serious side effects. Please do not take olive leaf extract without the guidance of your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are on blood pressure, blood thinner, or diabetic medicine, please make sure to ask your doctor first.
Have a wonderful day. Blessings. Herbal Farmwife
DISCLAIMER: This information should not be considered to be healthcare advice, medical diagnosis, or treatment. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other healthcare professionals. Always consult a healthcare professional first before trying any herbs, spices, vitamins, or minerals mentioned in this posting. This information is merely a discussion of “thoughts” among friends. Please note that none of these statements have been evaluated by the USA’s Food and Drug Administration.