Our dear friend Celeste has shared her Olive Leaf Tea Recipe with us, olive leafs provided from Calolea Olive Oil’s Century old trees in Loma Rica. Olive leaves have been used in the human diet as an extract, an herbal tea and a powder. They contain many potentially bioactive compounds that have antioxidant, antihypertensive, antiatherogenic, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic and hypoglycemic properties — similar to olive oil benefits.
Photo 1 The cuttings.
2. Get a big pot to place the leaves in.
3. Weed out the bad leaves. Spots, mold on the back. Bug chew. I’m kind of fussy about my leaves. You can cut the leaves off the stem or you can pull them. They are easily pulled back toward the main stem. You can fold over the leaves at the end and cut or pull them off together. You will figure it out.
4. Gather enough leaves for you dehydrator to hold. Bring them in and fill your pot with water and wash well.
‘I’m off my photos, but next rinse again in a colander. Then spin in the salad spinner.
Whatever Number. Lay out your washed leaves on your clean towel. You need to spread and roll up, spread and roll up. This will give you another chance to sort out the bad guys.
Completely roll up and press out excess moisture.
Next number. Start placing leaves in the dehydrator. Not too much. And stack. Every dehydrator is different. Mine takes 5 hours on medium with one restacking. When the leaf snaps your done.
Then it is on to the food processor until it looks like tea!!