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Olive Leaf – A Colour, A Symbol and Herbal Infusion

When describing our products to loyal and potential clients at guided tastings, we emphasize the fact that Nazani Tea creates no infusions from the Camellia sinensis (commonly known as the tea) plant, which is the source for the production of black teas and green teas in addition to other types of teas depending on the level of oxidation applied or indeed no oxidation as in the case of white tea. Despite Nazani’s large selection, eyebrows raise most when we mention our Organic Olive Leaf Infusion from the Cycladi Island of Naxos. This is because even people who understand the distinction between Camellia sinensis and botanicals for creating teas imagine mainly flowers when thinking of the sources of herbal infusions as opposed to leaves.

Olive is one of the popular autumnal colours for fashion and decoration, even more so nowadays since people are leaning more towards naturalistic and minimalistic design and behaviours. However, the health benefits associated with different facets of the olive tree are beneficial for bodily wellness throughout the entire year. Most people are already aware of the wonderful influence olive oil has with when ingested with food or when applied onto the skin, but less is known about enjoying olive when taken internally in the form of an infusion. Our Organic Olive Leaf is rich in Omega 3s and the antioxidant oleuropein, and various studies on the olive leaf demonstrate that it aids in lowering blood pressure, improving cardiovascular health, fighting diabetes, quite possibly reducing the risk of cancer, boosting the immune system, killing bacteria and fungi and protecting the skin.

The primary benefit olive leaf takes in the form of an infusion is a boost to immunity. Therefore, it is not only a fashionable colour for the autumn/winter season in terms of wardrobe, but also ought to be enjoyed more during the cooler weather in order to help your body prevent colds all too common at this time of year. This is also the time of year during which many people celebrate festive traditions towards the end of one year proceeding to the beginning of the next year.

Whether religious or not, the olive leaves and branch are symbolic of peace and commonly associated with supplication among parties. This can be observed from the writings of the famous Roman poet, Virgil to perhaps its most famous reference as a token of peace between God and humans in the Bible following the account of the great flood to even the grasping of an olive branch by the eagle depicted on Great Seal of The United States of America.

Perhaps you have recently had a disagreement with someone – a partner, a family member, a friend, a colleague or an acquaintance. Disagreements happen and are hopefully resolved in most instances.  Health benefits aside, tea is a social activity involving hospitality, sociability and taste usually in the context of more joyful occasions. But an idea may be to prepare or gift our olive leaffor someone or even yourself you may wish to make peace with.