Olive leaf extract has been shown to be a broad-based antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiprotozoal and anti-lyme supplement. Unfortunately, it’s hard to control the quality and quantity of active ingredients in commercially-prepared olive leaf extract supplements, in part due to issues with oxidation and storage. Without proper concentration of the active ingredients, the olive leaf extract will have limited to no effect on the buggers that you’re trying to get under control.
Fortunately, you can make it yourself for super-cheap! All you need are air-dried olives leaves (olea europaea), a crockpot, and some distilled water. You can either buy the bulk organic olive leaves at Mountain Rose Herbs, or pick them off of your olive tree if you have one.
Here’s what you need for one batch of 3 1/2 quarts (enough for 28 doses at 1/2 cup per dose):
- 1/2 pound of olive leaves (8 ounces)
- 1 gallon distilled water
- Crockpot with 5-6 quart capacity
- Glass bottles for storage (typically two 2-quart bottles)
How to make your olive leaf extract:
- Rinse the olive leaves in water, and then drain off the water.
- Place the rinsed olive leaves and the distilled water in the crockpot.
- Cook for 12 hours.
- Let cool to room temperature in the crockpot, usually 6-8 hours.
- Scoop out the first 3-4 cups and put into glass jars. The remainder will need to be strained before placing in the jars.
- Discard the olive leaves (do not reuse for another batch).
Tips to ensure the highest quality product – be sure to do the following:
- Check the temperature at about 6 hours, and make sure that it is not above 185 degrees. Ideally, you want to keep it around 175 degrees. You can turn off the crockpot to let it cool a bit, or loosen the lid somewhat to keep the temperature down.
- After 12 hours, turn off the crockpot and let it cool to room temperature, usually 6-8 hours.
- If the temperature is below 175 degrees at the 12-hour mark, let it cook another 1-2 hours before turning off the crockpot.
Using your home-made olive leaf extract:
- Typical dosage for adults is 1/2 cup, twice a day. May be increased to 3 times a day if higher doses are desired.
- Add to water or ginger ale to cut the bitter taste.
- Don’t take after 7pm, as it can increase energy and interfere with sleep.
- Discard any unused olive leaf extract after 2 weeks.
When the oleuropein content drops (this is the bug-kill active ingredient), the bitter taste decreases as well. So, if you notice a significant decrease in bitterness, it’s time to dump that batch and start a new one.
This article is not to be considered as medical advice. Always discuss any changes in treatment protocols with your doctor, and be sure to have the appropriate lab tests done on a regular basis.
Olive leaf extract recipe courtesy of Positive Health News.