The Olive Tree

by cmoneyspinner

Lemon tree very pretty. Olive tree very pretty too! In fact, the olive tree has always had a significant role in much of the history of mankind.

During biblical times, olives were one of the most important crops.  In addition to being used for food, they were crushed and made into cooling oil, fuel for lamps, medicine to soothe cuts or bruises or dress wounds, and used as a skin moisturizer.  Olives are still used that way today.

The Mount of Olives, a prominent place in bible times, is covered with dense olive groves.  The name "Gethsemane" means "oil press".

The Aramites revered it as a blessed tree and the Canaanite and Philistines tried to spread its cultivation. There are Egyptian reliefs with images of olive trees.

Oil from the olive crops was and still is used for cooking, ointments, medicines and perfumes.

Health benefits of olive oil include: aiding in the growth of normal bones; reducing bad cholesterol levels, and the risk of gallstones development; and preventing constipation.

The Olive Tree in Palestine

Another name for olive tree is Olea Europaea.

Palestine was known as Canaan during Bible times and olive trees grew on the hillsides in Samaria. These trees were also plentiful in Galilee, the childhood home of Jesus.
The olive tree not only played a vital part in the economic development of both the Greek and Roman empires; but olive wood carving was and still is a cottage industry, i.e. a common home business for many families living and working in Palestine.
There are artists today who live and work in the Holy City of Bethlehem and together they create unique gift items and art treasures. Their area of expertise is olive wood carving or sculptures. They craft statues, ornaments, music boxes, pendants and other decorative gifts which can easily become heirlooms to be kept in the family for generations.
This artwork is made available through an export house, an international marketing company which is based in Jerusalem, Israel, to customers in the United States of America and other world markets. The gifts may have religious significance for most people but they are also beautiful artistic expressions and some are very practical.
Below are examples of my favorite pieces of olive wood sculptures.
 
* * IMPORTANT NOTE: Products are not made by killing live olive trees. The wood is taken from the branches that have been cut off for pruning or those trees that have died due to old age.
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A Very Interesting Fact About the Olive Tree

* Some would like to believe a drop of rain touched by the leaves of the legendary ancient "Angel Olive" or the "Angel Tree" will cure anything. *

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Vincent Van Vogh clearly loved painting olive trees.

The Olive Grove, c.1889
The Olive Grove, c.1889
Landscape with Olive Trees
Landscape with Olive Trees
Sun over Olive Grove, 1889
Sun over Olive Grove, 1889
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Bless the Harvest.

Olive crops were/are harvested from mid-September to early November.
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Nature's Way Olive Leaf

Builds the immune system. Natural remedy for sinus infections.
Nature's Way Olive Leaf 20% Oleuropein, 60 Vcaps (2 x 60)
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Use 100% Pure Olive Oil Soap to deep clean skin and enhance your body's ability to moisturize itself.
Lemon tree very pretty. Olive tree very pretty too! In fact, the olive tree has always had a significant role in much of the history of mankind.
An olive tree in a container or planted directly into the ground will bring a Mediterranean atmosphere to the garden, terrace or patio. They can also be grown indoors.
The first time I heard about the whole 'drinking olive oil' concept, I thought: OK, big detail, isn't that the same as cooking with and eating olive oil? But the idea IS different

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frankbeswick on 01/18/2016

Olive trees can in the right conditions live five hundred years or more, which explains why they may have been a symbol for longevity, as Psalm 128 blesses Israelites with the promise that their children will be "like the shoots of the olive around your table." There were two olive trees reputed to be over 2000 years old. One was the olive tree under which Plato was said to have taught his students 2400 years ago, but this was destroyed when a bus hit it. The other was Pisistratus' olive, named after the tyrant of Athens, thought to have been 2500 years old. I have heard, but not been able to confirm that Plato's olive began to sprout from one of the few remaining roots.

cmoneyspinner on 01/18/2016

@Tolovaj - Yes. It was new to me when I found out about it as well. But the pieces are so very lovely. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a few words. It's good to hear from you. Happy New Year!

Tolovaj on 01/18/2016

I have heard a lot of great things about olive oil and it's a regular in my kitchen. Olive wood art is new to me. It's amazing! Thanks for sharing this article:)

WriterArtist on 03/23/2014

Looks like the good old olive tree has many uses other than the olive oil. The carving is beautiful - love the art.

cmoneyspinner on 03/18/2014

@Holistic_Health - I didn't know it was a cottage industry in Palestine and that the monks who came there showed the locals how to make some money. That's why I liked to read the mystery books and also watch the series about Brother Cadfael. Yeah it's a work on fiction but it's based on facts. Catholic monks are really smart.

Thanks for visiting!

Holistic_Health on 03/18/2014

Had no idea olive wood was used for carving. Nice one!

cmoneyspinner on 01/22/2014

- My late mother always kept a bottle of olive oil on hand. Strangest thing though. She never cooked with it. She used it for medicinal purposes. When I grew up and discovered how tasty olive oil was, I'm like: "Mom! (???)"

Thanks for visiting @Tolovaj. :)

Tolovaj on 01/22/2014

Olive oil is essential component of every kitchen. Not just for cooking. It has many health and cosmetic benefits too. It is not a surprise to give so much importance to olive tree in history. Thanks for all the interesting info.

cmoneyspinner on 01/17/2014

@DerdriuMarriner - Very easy to understand. Thanks for your comments. As always, it's a pleasure.

DerdriuMarriner on 01/17/2014

cmoneyspinner, Olives are always a refreshing treat for me. It's such a storied tree, with so many spiritual associations and connotations. It's easy to understand that this tree would be connected with angels.


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