The Tree Story
Olive (Reweaver) – Olea europaea
Many of the olive trees in Greece are thousands of years old. There is a long time between the flowering and the ripening of the fruit. They soak up the sun throughout the long hot season. They have sustained an ancient way of life, which still exists. Their medicine has an astonishing array of historical uses. The leaves, in tincture, are used as a vasodilator, relaxing blood vessels, lowering blood pressure, relieving angina and circulation problems. The oil is an ancient cure for all manner of aches and pains, and is reputed to prevent cancer if consumed in large enough amounts. Olive branches have been a symbol for peace from the dove, which carried the olive branch to Noah’s ark as a sign the flood had begun to recede, and as a wreath worn by victors in the ancient Olympic games.