The Olive tree is a plant that grows to about 10 meters with a grey twisted trunk. It has spear shaped-leaves which are grayish green on top and slivery white on the bottom.
Its white flowers grow in clusters, and its fruit (the Olive) is oval shaped and contains only one stone. The Olive begins as a green fruit and ripens to black.
EVIDENCE FROM THE QURAN AND SUNNAH
The Olive has been mentioned many times in the Quran, it is one of thee most blessed of green matters. From among the Aayat that the olive is mentioned are the following: Q24: 35, Q23: 20, Q6: 141
All parts of the Olive tree are used, its bark, its leaves, its fruit and its oil.
Olive leave contains:
Secoirdoides (oleuropein in particular) which reduce blood pressure.
Olive Oil contains:
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Ibn al Qayyim said that Olive is hot and wet in the first degree and that the quality of its oil depends on the tree that produces it, such that oil from unripe olives are cold and dry, while black (ripe) olives produces hot and wet oil. He mentioned that Olive Oil is useful against poisons, loosens the bowel, eject worms and strengthens the gums. From amongst the other benefit of this blessed tree he mentioned was that olive oil mixed with salty water is useful against blisters resulting from a fire burn; and the Olive leaves are useful against erysipelas (skin disease characterized by infection of the skin and underlying tissues), eczema, sores and urticaria (hives – elevated patches and severe itching caused by allergic reaction). Also all types of Olive Oil soften the skin and slow down the aging process.
Studies carried out by Egyptian researchers in 2002 found that Olive can lower blood pressure, dilate coronary blood vessels, lower blood sugar levels and regulate the heartbeat.
A Spanish study in 1992 also indicated that Oleuropeoside lowered blood sugar levels in ‘in vitro’ models of diabetes. Thus, it can be used in less serious non insulin dependent diabetes.
Studies to date confirm most of what Ibn an Qayyim said of Olive Oil.
The olive plant can be used in more than one way, its oil should be used liberally in cooking, and as an ointment for the skin. Some other ways to use it are as follow:
For buildup of wax in the ear: place 3 to 4 drops in the ear in morning and evening for a few days until the wax softens and can be removed easily.
For type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure: Boil about 20 dried leaves in 300ml of water, boil for 30 seconds and infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups a day during meals.
To prevent gallstones: take a 50ml of Olive Oil between meals
To reduce the pain of already existing gallstones: Take 50 – 150ml of Olive oil.
The Olive has no known side effect.
And Allah knows best.