The ancient Greek poet Homer called olive oil "liquid gold", and for a good reason. The Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans used this moisturizing and antioxidant-rich oil as a popular skincare ingredient.
The hardy, age-old olive tree produces fruit and leaves with excellent skincare benefits.
The olive tree is native to the coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean Basin. It's an evergreen shrub that rarely grows beyond 26–49 feet, has silvery green oblong leaves and a twisted trunk. The tree is hardy, drought and disease-resistant, and lives long. Its small white, feathery flowers bloom in the spring and mature into olives.
Olive oil contains lots of healthy monounsaturated fats, which help lower your risk of heart disease, and may also help control blood sugar levels. This olive oil comes from the olive fruit itself.
Olive leaves and olive leaf extract come from the leaves of the olive tree. They also have many health benefits, including the potential to boost the immune system and fight off harmful bacteria. Certain clinical trials have demonstrated the potential of olive leaf extract in the treatment of viral diseases like pneumonia, the flu, herpes, and the shingles. The leaves and the extract also carry lots of antioxidants.
Olive oil and olive leaves have numerous benefits to our skin.
Check out our Rosehip & Calendula Triple Cream if you're looking for the benefits of olive leaves and oil in our products.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team