Olive leaves have astringent and antiseptic properties, and an infusion of these leaves has proved beneficial in obstinate fevers. Its oil is emollient, demulcent, laxative and aperient. It is a good substitute for castor oil when given to children, but its value in clearing parasitic worms or gallstones is unsure.
Add loose tea (1 to 2 teaspoons per cup, 250ml) to a teapot, or infuser basket. Pour very hot water (not boiling) over the tea and let it infuse for up to 3 to 5 minutes. Strain leaves from the teapot before pouring. Add honey or a slice of lemon to taste. Enjoy!
Seek professional health advice if pregnant, lactating, suffering from a medical condition or taking medication before supplementing.