Olive, Olea Europaea
Parts used: Oil of the fruit, leaves.
Constituents: The exuding gum-resin contains benzoic acid and olivile.
Actions: Leaves: astringent, antiseptic, anti-microbial, febrifugal Oil: demulcent, laxative.
Externally, it relieves pruritis, the effects of stings or burns, and is a good vehicle for liniments. With alcohol it is a good hair-tonic. As a lubricant it is valuable in skin, muscular, joint, kidney and chest complaints, or abdominal chill, typhoid and scarlet fevers, plague and dropsies, babies absorb its properties through the skin.
Internally, it is a laxative and disperser of acids, a mechanical antidote to irritant poisons.
As a laxative, 1 to 2 fluid ounces.
Herbal extract: 25-50mL per week.