Boiled olive leaves

Question:

I boil a handful olive leaves every day and make it into 3 glasses and only consume only one per day. I feel that the dosage is not right after experiencing stomach ache and diarrhoea. It makes me wonder how many leaves should I boil and how should I boil them. Any suggestion on this case?

Answer:

It sounds like your extract is either too strong or your leaves may be contaminated with something - for example some type of spray.

A third possibility is that you have a Candida-like yeast/fungal or bacterial overgrowth in your gut and the olive leaf is attacking it too aggressively.

I think the first and third possibilities are probably the most likely, as a handful of olive leaves - assuming they are a suitable variety - will pack a powerful antimicrobial punch.

I suggest taking a small quantity of leaves chopped up, such as what you would find in a normal teabag, pour boiling water over it and steep for 10 minutes.
Try drinking that and see if you have a reaction.

If not, you can try boiling that small quantity for a few minutes and drink it. The longer you boil, the more bitter it will taste, so if you are drinking it as a pleasant healthy beverage, just prepare it as you would any other tea.

If it is to treat a condition of some sort, increase the strength slowly so that it doesn't give you the symptoms you described.

If you still get a stomach ache, try purchasing some capsules or a tincture and see if you have the same reaction. No adverse reaction would indicate a problem with your leaves.

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White Residue
by: Anonymous

I also got white residue after boiling olive tree leaves I picked. Is it dangerous to drink?

Answer:
I think that is a common effect. I'm not sure if it is from the leaves or from minerals in the water.
Either way I don't think it is a problem - unless the leaves have been sprayed with something.

boiled leaves left a powdery residue
by: Anonymous

I've just boiled a handful of olive leaves, collected from a tree in the Ligurian hills of Italy and a powdery white residue formed. Is this olive leaf residue or is this typical after boiling?
Thanks!

Olive leaf tea
by: Christel Webb

I use 12 leafs every day and make a 6 cup tea pot full. I let it brew until the next day and it has never given me any grief. I also eat 6 fresh leafs from my tree every day if I can. They are a little bit bitter but not disgustingly bitter. They are a bit leathery but will break down quickly. Afterwards there is a squeaky feeling in your mouth but that will go after a while as well and does no harm.

New Zealand winter are always very wet and cold and flu ridden. It seems that everybody here has a cough or some kind of cold symptoms at the moment except for me.

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