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Olive Oil, Healer of the Ancients

Olive Oil, Healer of the Ancients

Olive oil was prized for its flavor and its healing properties by the ancients; in fact, Moses valued olive trees so much that he exempted from military service anyone who would work on cultivating them! Find out some of the reasons olive oil is such a healthful addition to our diets, here:

Olive oil is beneficial for gallbladder and liver, and is a general tonic for the nerves. It is soothing to mucous membranes and is said to help dissolve cholesterol deposits. It is about 73 percent oleic acid, one of the two fatty acids that make up the phospholipids that form cerebral and nervous tissue, so olive oil positively affects cerebral growth in babies. It has the same linolenic acid concentration as breast milk, and it favors the mineralization and development of bones, helping to fight osteoporosis. It contains squalene, which is an amazing immune enhancer, helping to protect the body against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.

Olive oil is also good applied topically for dry skin, minor skin eruptions, and inflammations.

Read more: Health, Diet & Nutrition, Natural Remedies

Adapted from Whole Foods Companion, by Dianne Onsted (Chelsea Green, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Dianne Onsted. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green.
Adapted from Whole Foods Companion, by Dianne Onsted (Chelsea Green, 2004).

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10:49AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013


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11:17AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

olive oil/lemon juice - 1T in am

9:36AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

good info

7:15AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

6:36AM PST on Feb 26, 2013


1:25AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Thank you :)

9:50PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

nice reminders

3:03AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Thanks for the article.

8:10PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

I sing the praises of olive oil also. Thank you!

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