The Olive Tree – Did You Know These Uses for the Fruit and Leaves of this tree


Pegasus Beach approx 5 mins from my home


These old olive trees were photographed in Israel. Click on this picture to go to a very interesting site on ancient use of the olive tree and all its products


  • Because the olive tree is only native to the Mediterranean basin, wild olives were collected by Neolithic peoples as early as the 8th millennium BC.
  • Due to wild olive trees originating in Asia Minor and ancient Greece, Egyptians had to import olive oil from Crete, Syria and Canaan.
  • As Olive oil was an important item of commerce and wealth before 2000 BC, remains of this oil have been found in ancient tombs 4,000 years old.
  • Did you know there were so many uses for us
  • Olives having a drink
  • Click above for a fun fact site regarding this little fruit


  • It takes 7 kilograms of olives to make 1 Litre of Olive Oil.
  • If you are watching your health, Olive Oil is  Cholestrol, Sodium and Carbohydrate free.
  • On average, Olive trees, can live to 300  to 600 years.
  • Although all olives start out green, they go through different stages of red, dark purple then black as they ripen.
  • The world consumes on average, 2 – 2.25 million tons of Olive Oil a year.
  • Because Extra Virgin Olive Oil is healthy by itself, it is one of natures best kept beauty secrets.
  • When Olive oil is used in beauty products it’s a multi-billion dollar business.
  • Due to the health benefits of olive oil, it can help heal your internal cells as well as protecting the outer layer of skin from damage. 
  • This is a You Tube video of the life cycle of an Olive

Click on the picture to watch this video


Because the leaves of the olive tree are great for the immune system, they are pressed and the extract from them made into health products.

If the leaves are dried and then crumbled to make a powder, they can be used as a tea.The leaves can be bitter, so you can sweeten the tea with honey.

As you can also buy the extract in capsules, make sure the ingredients are organic and pesticide free.

picking olives in our Blenheim Olive Grove.
Picking olive trees, in our Blenheim Olive Grove.

Because the leaves are great antioxidents, and have anti-inflamatory properties, they can help lower blood pressure & fight Cholestrol.

As a result, if you have a cold, it can be used to  help the symptoms and even viruses.


As a result, when Olive Oil is substituted for Butter in baking, it stays fresher for longer.


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  2. I have wondered if olive oil was good for your skin. I knew that there were oils on the market for your hair and skin. I can’t ever convince myself to buy those because I wanted to try it first. If olive oil works, then I would love to try it. Maybe the products I’m talking about use olive oil as an ingredient!

    1. Thank you for your comments. They have given me the will to proceed with more posts.
      Yes you can use olive oil on your skin, but you would need to use it at night as it is quite oily. You can buy products with the olive oil in them but you have to read, but you have to read the ingredients to make sure you are using the natural product. If there are more than 12 ingredients listed, they probably have chemical elements in them which you don’t want to use.
      Do some research on any products you want to buy as there are many products out there that are not good.
      I have just published a new page regarding What I did to lose weight by eating whole foods instead of processed.
      I hope you will keep coming back to this site as I have plenty of ideas and information which I will keep on publishing, on how to use these natural foods and products.
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    1. Thank you for your comments. Thy have given me the will to proceed with more posts.
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    1. Thanks for your comment, which is much appreciated.
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      Cheers Julie

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