HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT
We found some Organic Olive Trees:
Harvesting our leaves
Washing the Leaves
Air Drying the Leaves
Obtain 1. 1/2 pound of whole olive leaves (olea europaea) air dried at temperatures not exceeding 150° F. 2. One gallon of distilled water. 3. A Crock-Pot with a 5 or 6 quart capacity (i.e “Rival.” brand - K-Mart) 4. Two 2 quart glass bottles or a comparable capacity to hold 3 and 1/2 quarts of finished product.
Place 1/2 pound (8 ounces) of whole olives leaves in a bowl and rinse by adding water to cover the leaves. After rinsing the olive leaves, drain out the water. Add the olives leaves to a Crock-Pot and add one gallon of distilled water. Place cover on Crock-Pot. Turn on low and leave for 12 hours. After 8 hours, check the temperaure. The ideal temperature range is between 175° F and 185° F.
If the temperature of the batch after 6 hours or more reaches or exceeds 185 degrees F., shut off crock pot and let it cool to 175 degrees F, then turn it back on and monitor the temperature hourly. You can also move the cover off center to allow heat to escape, but some water will need to be added to keep the pot full. After 12 hours of heating, turn the Crock-Pot off if the temperature falls within the target range and wait until it cools to room temperature (6 to 8 hours). If the temperature is below the target range after 12 hours, let is simmer for an additional hour or two longer until it reaches the target range. Use a cup and scoop out 3 or 4 cups of the olive leaf extract and place in glass jars. Pour the balance of liquid through a strainer to separate the liquid from the leaves and place it in glass jars. Discard the leaves. DO NOT REUSE THEM AGAIN. Refrigerate the extract in a closed glass jar. Use within two weeks.
Dose: For adults, use 1/2 cup twice a day. To reduce the bitter taste, add water or ginger ale. If the first lab results show movement in the right direction, try increasing the dose to 1/2 cup three times a day to see if better results can be obtained with higher doses. Write or call Keep Hope Alive to keep us informed of your results. Best time is take the extract is once in the morning and then again in the afternoon (not later than 7pm). If you take it before bedtime, the increase in energy make cause insomnia.