In cosmetology, in extract form, the olive leaf is anti-oxidising and anti-free radical. It has healing, antibacterial, toning, detoxifying and protective properties. 18% of the phytochemical composition of an olive leaf is made up of oleuropein. This is a powerful polyphenol anti-oxidant, with up to 400 times more anti-oxidising action than vitamin C, and is able to absorb oxygenated free radicals. Just like the olive itself, the olive leaf is known for its incredible health benefits and plays an important role in protecting health and preventing ageing. It provides the skin with an optimum and long-lasting level of hydration. A true natural anti-ageing “beauty ally” when it comes to the free radicals that are responsible for cell alteration and skin ageing.
Athena struck her spear into the ground and an immortal tree was born: the Olive tree.
According to Greek mythology, Athena and Poseidon were in conflict over ownership of Attica and Cecrops was the judge of the dispute. Poseidon struck the Acropolis with his trident from whence a magnificent black stallion emerged, capable of winning any battle. Athena struck her spear into the ground and from the sun-scorched earth an immortal tree arose, capable of feeding and caring for the people: the olive tree. Cecrops judged the goddess’s gift to be far more useful for his people, so asked the people of Athens to choose the protector of their citadel. The men chose Poseidon, whilst the women chose Athena, and, being stronger in voice, she became the protector of Athens.
The leaves are collected in Provence during the Olive tree pruning, that takes place between March and April each year.
A sacred tree: the Olive tree
A sacred tree from the countries of the Mediterranean, the Olive tree is so intimately entwined with the history of man that over the centuries it has come to represent a symbol of eternity, peace, hope and strength.