Olive leaf is known as a beneficial part of the entire tree. It is where some beneficial substances are kept. There are various proven benefits of olive leaf extract, including lowering blood pressure and preventing breast cancer. For a long time, olive leaf and branch are used for natural medication because it contains a substance which strengthen immune system and prevent bacterial and viral infection. Nowadays, this olive leaf extract is packed in capsules or formed into tablets which can be consumed based on the disease severity.
How much olive leaf extract should I take for herpes?
Mostly, olive leaf extract is available in the forms of capsules and tablets. These capsules are filled with ground olive leaf which is loaded with beneficial oleuropein. Olive leaf extract is available in 500-750 mg capsules, with 20 mg of oleuropein per capsule. These capsules will promote better digestion and detoxification which inhibit bacteria and viruses from developing, causing various health disturbances. This is one of the most beneficial herbal treatment for getting rid of herpes and preventing it from reoccurring.
Some olive leaves are not made into capsules or tablet. Instead, it is dried and ground so that it can be added into certain kind of drink. Ground olive leaves can be added into a glass of warm water or tea and can be directly consumed. This medication can be useful for herpes as it acts as a strong antiviral which inhibit the herpes simplex virus from multiplying and causing severe outbreak. If you are consuming the capsules for medicating the out breaking herpes, 500 mg four times a day is advised to avoid unwanted side effects. If you prefer consuming the ground one, you are advised to consume it three times a day with one spoonful of ground dried olive leaves per drink.
However, olive leaves can also be used to prevent the virus from flaring up. If you are consuming the herb for this purpose, a capsule per day is sufficient. This means, you are advised to consume only 500 mg per day, or a spoonful of ground dried olive leaves per day. Although this is a home herbal remedy, olive leave extract can be harsh for your empty stomach, causing nausea. Hence, take this medication after you eat you foods to avoid stomach irritation. This is also not advised for pregnant or breast-feeding women. Although not proven yet, it is concerned that this herb may be harmful for the unborn baby. Breastfeeding moms are also advised not to consume the medication as it may be carried through the breast milk, although not in a significant amount.
Despite its benefit in fighting herpes, olive leaves extract is not recommended for long-term consumption. Decrease the dosage as soon as you notice some progress on your herpes outbreak and eventually stop the consumption when you notice the viral infection stops.
What is the dosage for children?
Olive leaves extract can also fight herpes in children over one year in age. The liquid form is the best one for children, since it can mixed up with water, milk, or juice they are likely to consume. If you decide to give the capsule form to the children, you might want to open the capsule and sprinkle the content onto their foods. For maintenance, children should be given 5 mg per day, while for prevention, 12 mg per day is advised. Besides eliminating herpes, this can also be useful for children immune system boosting.