The olive is a native of the Mediterranean. The seed is what makes olives (oleaeuropaea). It has been a part of human life for thousands. They were first grown in the Mediterranean about 6000 years ago. A Crete stone tablet dated 2500 BC, mentions the parasitic plants. This indicates that cultivation originated in Greece.
For many centuries, the olive has been a symbol for wealth, fame and peace. There are many urban legends and myths that celebrate the power of this "liquid gold", as Homer described it in the Iliad.
Olive Oil was an essential part of everyday life. Olive Oil was a staple of daily life. Sometimes, honey is added.
Some meats were always oiled before and after consumption. It was made from Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Balsamic Vinegar) and was highly valued. Olive Oil was a healthy food that was also used to fuel religious ceremonies.
Olive Oil was used by rich societies to beautify their bodies. It was also used to bathe in by rich societies as well as ancient Greek athletes.
Olive Oil was also used to make perfumes and cosmetics. Olive Oil was also used as a base for cosmetics and perfumes.
Olive Oil has long been used as a remedy for cuts and bruises, sore throats, and other ailments.