History and Origin
The olive tree with its gnarled, irregular trunk, gray-fissured bark and leathery leaves is a well-known sight in most Mediterranean areas.
Ancient Greek mythology attributes the planting of the 1st olive tree to the goddess of wisdom, Athena, who is said to have planted the 1st tree at the acropolis and is said to have imbued the tree with the powers of light, healing and nourishment.
The ancient Greeks used olive oil as a base for many perfumed unguents, which were massaged into the skin and then scraped off, instead of taking a shower or a bath.
Components and Activities
Olive leaf contain a variety of components including oleanolic acid, flavonoids and oleuropein.