Photos of Olives, Olive leaf, Olea europaea, and the ancient Old Olive of Mirovica.

Olives, Olive tree, Olive leaf, Olea europaea. The first 37 images are of the Old Olive tree at Mirovica near Stari Bar on the Adriatic Coast in Montenegro. It is believed to be one of the oldest trees in Europe, estimated at more than 2,000 years of age, and placed under protection of the state at least six decades ago. The ancient variety is known as "zutica." Olives have been grown in the Mediterranean since the earliest periods of history. The fruit and expressed oil are important foods. Traditionally, olive leaf has been valued as an astringent and antiseptic to treat fevers. The bark was also used as a treatment for fevers. The bitter leaf tea was used as a mild diuretic and to treat malaria. Externally, the leaves were poulticed to treat boils, skin rashes, and sprains. European studies have found that the leaf extracts have strong antioxidant activity, and may be beneficial in helping protect against aging processes, cardiovascular disease, and of benefit to the nervous system.

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