Tip: Olive-leaf tea, how to prepare

Olive leaf tea.  Have you tried it? 

Olive leaf tea has been brewed since the Ancient Egyptians and has great medicinal qualities. It is high in antioxidants and vitamin C – more than green tea! 

People regularly drink olive leaf tea to:

relax and ease arthritic pain
reduce bad cholesterol
lower glucose levels
lower blood pressure
strengthen the cardiovascular system – a heart tonic
stimulate the immune system
help fight infections

Tips to Make Your Own Olive Leaf Tea

Pour hot water over loose leaves (bring water to a boil and let cool for a minute or two so you don’t burn the leaves). Use loose leaves in a tea ball and steep 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of dried leaves in 1 cup (250 ml) of hot water for 10–15 minutes. 

Most people enjoy the natural taste of olive leaf tea, but depending on how long you let it steep, it can have a strong bitter taste. To add some flavor (or enhance the natural aroma), here are some tips to spice it up:

Add a slice of lemon or orange
Add a natural sweetener such as stevia or honey
Reduce bitterness by adding milk or cream
Pair with other herbal flavorings such as lavender, peppermint, or vanilla