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olea europea L.
derives from Greek elais and elaia (olive, olive tree), furthermore elaion (olive oil). These words are not Indo-European in origin; it is generally accepted that they were transferred to Greekby some Eastern Mediterranean language, often assumed to be Semitic.
the fruit (Olive)
Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Cornidae; Oleales; Oleaceae - Olive Family
Jeremy Sherr 1995
Themes of mind symptoms:
sensations: floating, separation of the head ( and soul), confused, sparated, unclear, self image, cars and accidents
emotions: relationships, anger, irritability, impatience, aversion to company, sadness, despair, suicide, aversion to work, indifference
suggested therapeutic indication: hay fever
Description of the substance
Olea europaea is a small, ever green tree, averaging 20 feet or more in height and begin bearing fruit between four and eight years of age. Olive trees can attain quite a long life span. "Plato's olive tree is still alive, though no longer productive", and many are estimated to be over 2000 years old.
It has many thin branches with opposite branchlets and shortly-stalked, opposite, lanceolate leaves about 2 1/4 inches long, acute, entire and smooth, pale green above and silvery below. The bark is pale grey and the flowers numerous, small and creamywhite in colour.
The fruit of the olive tree is a small drupe with a high oil content. The trees bear fruit aternately. The olive fruit begins white, then changes colour gradually as it ripens, moving through green, then reddish, and finally to black with ripeness. There is an old Arab riddle that says, "our servant is green. Her children are born white and then grow black. Who is she? She is an olive tree."
Olives of any colour are very bitter and tough straight from the tree, due to high oleuropein content, and thus an involved curative process must be preformed before they are edible