Questions and Answers with The Wolf Pack – Olive Leaf for antibiotic and antiviral medication

Question from Rex

I probably should direct this to Michele and Bam Bam, but my gut tells me someone out there has had personal experience with this subject.

I know from history that Olive Leaf has been used for antibiotic and antiviral medication.

Once upon a time, long, long, ago in a place far away (at least from Texas), in the days of broad swords, shields, and battle-axes, even a small wound was a death sentence due to infection. The French noticed that Spanish soldiers were returning to the battlefield within a couple of weeks after being wounded and wanted to know how. The slipped a couple of ole boys in to the Spanish hospital and found out the doctors were using Olive leaf poultice on the wounds and giving the men Olive leaf tea to drink.

Question: How do you go about getting actual Olive leaves and how would the tea be made?


  1. Don’t know about the actual leaf but olive leaf extract is readily available and works great.

    • Rex, I too think there is a great deal of healing power in the olive leaf & its extracts. Let me preface by saying that by studying and them experimenting with my own body and those of my family & friends, I have come to the conclusion that many of our illnesses have a fungal root cause. (Very interesting that a human cell and a fungal cell look almost identical. Fungus in the human body needs carbohydrates, sugars to thrive. Remove the food source and supplement with anti-fungals like olive leaf and others to accomplish healing.)
      That said, I see chronic ear infections (youngster) & chronic sinus infections (me) healed when olive leaf was used topically and internally upon immediate onset of symtoms. When taken by adult at the first sign of an impending “cold”, the symptoms abated within 24 hours. There are actually olive leaf spray formulas also which are quite beneficial. The expelling process is important – some companies use chemicals to extract which in my mind creates a toxic cocktail. Others use a cold press method which is superior. The very best olive leaf I have found is from a company called Seagate in CA. I encourage you to do some further research into this medicinal gem….one my herbal closet is never without!

  2. Rex,

    Here’s an article to get you started.

  3. I just did a quick search and came back with plenty on where to buy the dried leaves for tea. Mountain rose herbs (one of my favorite places to shop) has a pound of it for $8.50, and it powdered for slightly more.
    I have not used olive leaf, but to make most tea from leaves you use about about 2 teaspoons of leaves to about 8 oz of boiling water. You let it steep, covered, for about 10-15 minutes. Of course there are always exceptions to this rule, so you will need to do your research on the herbs you want on hand.

    A poltice is made with mixing crushed plant material with water (or other liquids, you can chew it but thinking of the bacteria in most peoples mouths… yuck) until you have a thick paste like mess. Then this is where having thin gauze comes in handy, you lightly cover the area with the gauze, add poultice, then lightly cover with more guaze.

    In Texas, you can grow olive trees. I have heard its a pain, but possible. That might be a thought if you can. Then you have olives, the oil-if you get the presses and such, and the leaves.

    Another thought is that there is more than one type of plant to help with such things and to learn the ones easily grown or found in your area so that you have an ongoing supply.

    • Yes, the Texas Hill Country landscape is a lot like the areas of the Mediterranean, saw a report on the news the other day about some people in the Bastrop area that planted olive after the wildfire there 3 years ago. They’re not Hill Country, but there IS an orchard growing olive in my area. The oil they’re pressing is outrageously expensive, but it takes years and years for the trees to produce. Guess I need to wander over there and see if I can cage some leaf.

      • mindyinds says:

        Would that place be a couple of miles from Bert ‘n’ Earnie’s on Hamilton Pool?

        • Nope, little further south off of RR12 past Dripping Springs. Is there an olive grove up that way?

  4. Brearbear says:

    Question: How do you go about getting actual Olive leaves?

    “call 352-345-5940 or email [email protected]

    “Shop online anytime. Items ordered after 2pm are shipped the following morning.”

    Olive Trees are wrapped and shipped in soil and are 12″-24″ tall

    Question: And how would the tea be made?

    “The difference between tea, infusion, extract, tincture and poultice ?

    Tea: Is when herbs are steeped with hot water for no more than a few minutes.. Teas are weaker medicinally than infusions and extracts.

    Herbal Infusion: Infusions are herb teas steeped to medicinal strength, (8 minutes to several hours) then taken internally or used externally depending on the health problem. A general dose is usually from 2-4 cups per day

    Extract:  Is when the liquid is extract from the fresh or dried herb material by steeping it in strong grain alcohol for 4 to 5 weeks. An extract is one part herb to one part alcohol.

    Tincture: Combination of herbs and alcohol. A tincture is less concentrated than an extract. A tincture is more diluted with one part herb to three or more parts alcohol.

    Tincture or Extract:   It depends on the extraction method which is the better product. Some extraction methods destroy some of the medicinal properties. The quality of the herb and how it is processed determine the quality of the end product. That is why you should only buy from trusted companies you have researched yourself.

    Poultice: Used externally to reduce swelling, redness, rash, burns or pain . Fresh or dried herbs are ground or mashed and combined with olive oil or aloe juice and mixed to a paste and placed directly against the skin or on a cloth against the skin depending on the ingredients and the purpose. ”

    Olive Leaf Tea Leaf Tea.htm

    “If you plant an olive tree you’ll have leaves readily available year-round because olive trees are also evergreen. Olive trees grow in climate zone 8 & 9 but if your climate zone  doesn’t allow you to plant an olive tree then keep it in a pot in a sunny room in the house, olive trees can live indefinitely in pots and will produce fruit.”

     “FROM THE OLIVE TREE, TO THE POT, TO THE CUP.   Pick leaves from your healthy and organic (pesticide free) olive tree and  place in a bowl or basket and let dry.  Chop the dried leaves and keep in a glass jar.

    Add 1 -2 tablespoons of leaves to a standard 4 cup tea pot.  Drink hot or cold.”

    …Growing up in a “Hippy” community has helped me gain a great interest in holistic medicine…

    I am always interested in medicinal herbs so spent time researching…

    Most western Candian health food stores i have been to offer a free complimentary magazine
    called Alive magazine and they have a great site in case anyone is interested…

    I also for years now have subscribed to Natural News which i really find to be informative…

    I hope this helps you and if you DO ever manage to grow some olive trees i would love to hear about it!…

    One more thing…if i may… Which is off topic but may hold interest to the pack…
    (i found this while researching olive’s…)…

    “Fukushima Solutions World Conference to be hosted in Austin, TX, March 22-23”

    “The first day of the event will feature foremost experts in nuclear issues discussing remediation solutions for the continuing Fukushima disaster. The focus on the second day will be health issues and providing solutions for personal health.”

    God Bless!

    • Awesome comment, thanks!

    • Gee, Bear, more traffic for the area. Just got rid of the SXSWers and now this conference? Wonder how many will come to Austin for a conference on Fukushima…. At least it’s a good time of year. Guess going to the Salt Lick is out of the question for a while longer…

      • Although, after reading the conferences lineup of speakers and that most of the funding over $4000. Is going to a fund to help USS Ronald Reagan sailors who were exposed to radiation. Did anyone else not hear about that? Am I not surprised? But it looks like some interesting speakers for webcast access for $35, and might be some ideas to be gleaned regarding radiation from nuclear plants.

        • Encourager says:

          Shai, where can we go to read about our sailors who were exposed??

          • I just read some of the website Brerbear posted that link to for that conference. I should have but didn’t delve further…. I will get DD to check with some of her friends who are still navy wives. They’ve got the pulse on what’s up with the ships and their crews.

          • k. fields says:

            I just heard an interview about this on “Democracy Now!” You should be able to read the transcript on their website.

            • Turner radio network also has some info on it. Evidently many young sailors were exposed to massive radiation due to the Reagan’s delasinazation of sea water being used for washing and drinking water. Article I read also mentioned several pilots now having issues with their sight. TRN also had a warning for residents in the vicinity of the NM waste facility to be prepared to bug out immediately. A lot of the area detailed was in west Texas. Uh, downstream and down wind here!!,

  5. Brearbear says:

    I mad an ooopsy …M.D.!!!!!

    “Commenter Privacy and Protection: All email, snail mail, phone numbers, and any private and personal information posted in any comment will be deleted as soon as possible to protect the privacy of the commenter. To prevent such editing, never share this private information within the blog comment.”

    I copied and pasted the websites email and phone number as you can see…then double checked the commentating policy…

    I am sorry if I violated your policy…if possible please edit out the phone number and anything else you feel is necessary?!

    My heart was in the right place in trying to answer the questions…(and in researching I learned a lot…as always)…

    Also please correct the aforesaid issue and if possible delete
    THIS post to you…

    As usual…please keep up the great work!



  6. After reading TG’s response, is there a specific ‘olive tree’ that you must have. Plants have different genome’s, so due trees, which one would be the correct one. Olive trees love the area we live, once established are drought tolerant. If I am going to put up with the mess, I would require one where the olives are used and the leaves.

  7. There used to be an olive tree in our lobby atrium at work. I know for sure they will grow in Georgia (generally in South Georgia), Texas and California. I believe there is a commercial olive pressing plant in Texas, as well. Georgia Olive Farms ( is producing olive oil in Georgia and I believe they have built an olive pressing plant here too. They will probably grow in other southern states as well.

    As for medicinal properties, other than the oil itself, not a clue. I did find this interesting though. It makes me want an olive tree even more.

  8. Chris Clark says:

    Tea tree oil works wonders on just about any kind of skin ailment as well… smells kinda funky but will clear up just about anything….

    • Brearbear says:

      @ Chris Clark…

      …Tree tea oil is wonderful stuff !
      …my mother always had some in the house growing up…
      but it can only be used topically…

      i now use (O.O.O.) – Oil of Oregano for anything topical and it can be used internally.
      …have used for years now and always have some close at all times!

      I am going to get the olive leaves for tea and poulstice…and some powdered yarrow…next health food store visit!

      Unfortunately they seem to only sell o.o.o. In small bottles…i would love to buy it in a gallon size no matter what the price…as i use so much of it!

      (i kinda like the tea tree smell)… But i LOVE essential oils!

  9. Petnumber1 says:

    I just ordered 2 olive trees (arbequina) on eBay. I’ve been wanting to try olive trees for awhile, and this question (and the terrific answers) put me over the edge, LOL. 🙂 Going to plant one outside and one in a pot that I can bring in in the winter. Arbequinas are supposed to fairly cold-hardy, but since I live in an area with very long winters, I want to have one in a pot in case the outside one doesn’t make it.

  10. Curley Bull says:

    Howdy Fellas,

    As usual, there were some great responses. I thank each of you for your input. BrearBear, most of your comment will be saved and printed.

    When you really need to know something, ask the pack!!


  11. Hunker-Down says:

    Thanks Rex for putting this topic in front of us. The little research I did was very informative.
    Since I am too dumb to know a virus from an infection it is critical that we learn about everything that is effective against both.

    Thank you for instigating us to learn about this valuable tree.

    We cant grow the olive tree in our area (zone 5) but found a source of a few varieties that don’t need a cross-pollinator at

  12. Hm. Need to go back to feed store. I have this vague recollection of seeing an olive sapling there, or was it at the nursery where I got the elderberry in Austin…

  13. Texmexmix says:

    Wow what beautiful and useful information here. I work for a local company that imports olive oil from Modena Italy. I wonder if one can use the Mexican olive tree here in Texas for the same remedies. I need to research.

  14. Just a thought for our western pack members look at the properties of creosote bush. After all it’s a native plant.

  15. Thisall H says:

    Very Interesting.

    I Live in Cyprus and must walk past 50+ Olive trees just taking the Dog for a walk around the Village most of them are 100’s of years old according to the DGF.

  16. Craze2bme says:

    Stupid iPad – sorry I hit report by accident

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