The benefits of taking Olive Leaf

Olive Leaf tree

Olive Leaf is a traditional medicine with its origin for medicinal use dating back to Ancient Egypt. At that time its antimicrobial oils we’re being used to mummify Egyptian kings. 

It has since been used across many cultures in the treatment of various ailments. For example the Japanese take it to treat intestinal issues whilst in Greece it is used in order to treat high blood pressure. 

The active compound in Olive leaf extract is oleuropein however it also contains bioflavonoids rutin, luteolin and hesperidin which all work with oleuropein in order to enhance its natural action. 

What do we use it for now?

Whilst there is a lack of clinical trials, some preliminary studies have given support towards the Olive leaf’s ability to treat the likes of the common cold, influenza, diarrhoea and various allergies. Some have even given support towards its help with Alzheimer’s and chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Benefits include:


A small 14 week study of 79 adults with type 2 diabetes suggested Olive leaf may aid in diabetes control. The test suggested a greater decrease in blood sugar levels.

High blood pressure

Supported by a 2017 study, Olive leaf shows promise in the treatment of hypertension. 


Used in holistic medicine to treat a range of viruses, Olive leaf extract has been show to fight herpes, mononucleosis and the rotavirus. It may also be useful against influenza. 

Anecdotal evidence also would suggest it can effectively treat cold sores. 

How do I take Olive Leaf?

Olive leaf is available in capsules, softgels and tinctures. It’s been used to make other products too such as Toothpaste, Mouth Sprays and Mouth wash. The standard dose ranges from 500mg to 1000mg daily however most brands will recommend splitting the dose by taking 250mg to 500mg two to four times a day with your food. 

What do we recommend?

Below are some of the related products we offer instore

Rochway Bio-Fermented Olive Leaf Extract Probiotic Formula (30caps)


COMVITA Olive Leaf Extract Natural (Medi Olive 66) 500ml


COMVITA Olive Leaf Extract (Medi Olive 66) 120 Soft Gel Capsules


Rochway Bio-Fermented Olive Leaf Extract Probiotic Formula Natural (500ml)