|Botanical Nomenclature||Elaeagnus angustifolia|
|Common Name||Oleaster, Persian Olive, Russian Olive, Silver Berry, Wild Olive|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Elaeagnus angustifolia is a deciduous tree growing up to 10m, with dark red branches, green, with short stem leaves and yellow, fragrant flowers. The red fruits are edible and they look like small plums. The flowering happens in June and the fruiting takes place from October to November|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Fruits, seeds|
|Active Substances||Vitamins A, C, E, flavonoids, fatty acids, lycopene, b-carotene, lutein, phytofluene, phytoene, palmitic acid, eugenol, methyl palmitate, anethole, phenol, minerals|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has antipyretic, antimicrobial, antibacterial and anticatarrhal properties. In folk medicine the herbal tea is recommended for the treatment of runny nose, fever and bronchial disease. A lot of studies have shown its antimicrobial actions against many microbial strains such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis. Further investigation is required to prove its possible use as anticancer.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as anticatarrhal and antipyretic in the form of herbal tea (a quantity of dried plant in a cup of boiled water for 5-10min, 3 times a day).
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||No side effects are reported.|
|References||1) http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Elaeagnus+angustifolia 2) http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/e/elaeagnus-angustifolia=oleaster.php 3) https://keys2liberty.wordpress.com/tag/elaeagnus-angustifolia/ 4) http://www.smj.org.sa/index.php/smj/article/viewFile/5699/3473 5) http://www.geoponiko-parko.gr/products/products-categories/dentra-kipou/anthofora-kallopistika/703-detail|