How to Extract Oil from an Olive Leaf

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How to Extract Oil from an Olive Leaf
Olive leaves contains a natural antimicrobial. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The olive oil that you use for cooking is extracted from the olive itself ,and requires large, expensive machinery to harvest and extract. The olive leaf however, provides an extract that is known to be a strong antimicrobial in homeopathic medicine that can help protect the body against viruses, fungus and bacteria. The process of extracting and retaining this supplement is much easier than making olive oil.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/2 pound whole olive leaves
  • 1 gallon distilled water
  • 5 to 6 quart slow cooker
  • Glass bottles
  • Strainer
  • Large bowl

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Collect a large amount of olive leaves, about 1/2 a pound.

  2. 2

    Wash the leaves off in your sink to remove any dirt and small bugs.

  3. 3

    Dry the olive leaves in your oven at 65.6 degrees Cor one hour.

  4. 4

    Place the dried olive leaves into the slow cooker.

  5. 5

    Pour one gallon of distilled water into the slow cooker with the olive leaves.

  6. 6

    Turn on the slow cooker and let the leaves simmer for 12 hours. This will draw the extract from the olive leaf.

  7. 7

    Place a strainer inside a large bowl and strain the contents of the slow cooker. Collect the extract in the bowl and discard the leaves left in the strainer.

  8. 8

    Store the extract in glass bottles.

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