I’ve long been an advocate of preparing cannabis salve and ointment with olive oil due to the high oleic acid content which aids in deeper penetration of cannabinoids. But lately, I’ve been stepping up my game with the olive tree and learning about how this herb — steeped in ancient mystery — has medicinal qualities in every part of the plant, not just the oil!
Here in Northern California olive trees grow everywhere. You can find them in parking lots, abandoned fields, and even in your own backyard. They are not native to California, but they like the Mediterranean climate, are drought-hardy, and have many uses for the home herbalist and home chef. I have some of my own favorite places to wildcraft leaves, and fresh olives from these trees. Olive is a soothing and healing herb that you’ll want to try; if you don’t have olive trees growing anywhere near where you live, you can purchase the dried leaves from any reliable herb supplier and use them in your own home preparations.