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Olive Tree

Olive Tree

The olive tree is known for thousands of years and most probably is originated from the East Mediterranean region. According to Greek mythology, the homeland of olive tree is Greece and Greeks were the first who grow olive trees.

The olive tree according to the myth was created by Goddess Athina, who gifted to the Athenian people the first olive tree of the world, by thrusting her spear under the Acropolis. This olive tree was used for feeding, lighting heating, health and beauty in Ancient Athens. The next olive trees around became a strong symbol of the city and were protected by law. Homer, referred to it as the “golden liquid”. And Hyppocrates the father of Medicine describes it as “the perfect treatment”. The olive tree has been a symbol of culture and honor in Greece and it had been used even as prize for the winners of the Olympic Games.

Nowadays, the positive effects of olive oil consumption are backed by lengthy scientific research. The olive fruit is popular for its nutritional properties and its high value in contemporary diet. Olive oil is a great gift of nature to humans. It is the basic component of Mediterranean diet and it has been related for thousands of years with the longevity and health. Moreover, it has strongly built the unique identity and taste of Greek cuisine.

Rich in vitamin A, B, C, D and E olive oil is extremely good for skin treatments, acting against wrinkles, dry skin and other signs of ageing. Especially, extra virgin olive oil contains the highest levels of antioxidants, particularly vitamin E and phenols, since it is the least processed.

Olive oil is used as a key ingredient in a wide variety of soaps, creams, lotions, shampoos and other cosmetic products. It is used to moisturize and nourish dry skin, to restore and beautify hair and scalp.

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