The Olea Sylvestris wild olive oil is produced from wild olive groves, specially selected to ensure that the oil produced has the highest possible concentrations of the oil's naturally occuring therapeutic ingredients. The base for Olea Sylvestris is a wild olive grove belonging to Alexandros Karakikes, situatedin the hamlet of Loziniko, outside Volos on Mount Pelion (known locally as Pilio) in Greece - a Natura 2000 area. We have been in operation since 1998.
To obtain the best possible wild olive oil Olea Sylvestris times the harvest very carefully and is careful to select only the most healthy olives, which are all harvested by hand. The olives are pressed the same day they are harvested, and they are pressed at the highest quality olive press using a cold press extraction at a temperature ranging from 23 to 25 degrees C.
The wild olives cultivated by Olea Sylvestris have been certified as organic by TÜV AUSTRIA HELLAS and Q&Q Analysis. Tests show zero levels of any synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
Wild olive oil - the ultimate superfood
When properly selected, harvested and pressed, wild olive oil contains very high concentrations of two pharmaceutically important substances: Oleocanthal (the chemical that gives the best quality olive oil its peppery taste in the back of the throat) and oleacein. In addition to their anti-oxidant properties, their ability to lower blood cholesterol levels and their strong anti-inflammatory action, oleocanthal has been proven to contribute significantly to brain health and help to prevent Alzheimer's. Research has shown that oleocanthal is able to bind with harmful neurotoxins in a way that stops them attacking neurons and makes it easier for those toxins to be cleared by antibodies. Because of that ability, there is strong evidence that the regular consumption of olive oil rich in oleocanthal can prevent the degradation of the brain tissue that causes Alzheimer's.
One 14-year-long study of 1,880 elderly people in New York found that those taking a high oleocanthal diet had a 40% lower chance of developing Alzhimer's. For more details of the research see Scientific American and ACS Chemical Neuroscience. For a brief summary of the reasearch findings regarding how oleocanthal works see Science Daily.
Research at the Kapodistrian University in Athens, Greece, show that the wild olive oil produced by Olea Sylvestris has the highest concentration of oleocanthal, i.e. 528 mg/kg (compared to the average concentration of 99 mg/kg in other olive oils). The concentration of oleacein is 194 mg/kg (compared to an average of 48 mg/kg).
Another important chemical in wild olive oil is oleuropein aglycon, which is known to have a cardioprotective, neuroprotective and anti-cancer properties. For research into its ability to cause tumors to regress see NCBI, and for the cardio- and neuro-protective effects of oleuropein aglycon see Science Direct
Another beneficial chemical found in wild olive oil is ligstroside aglycon, present in Olea Sylvestris wild olive oil in world-record levels of 371 mg/kg.
Our wild olive oil has four times more of the therapeutic elements than the average for the best olive oils.
Olea Sylvestris olive oil conforms to the highest standards required for pharmaceutical products.
The other benefits of our olive oil
Some of the benefits from the regular consumption of our olive oil are:
a reduction in the harmful blood cholesterol (LDL)
aids the cardiovascular system by reducing blood pressure and preventing thrombosis
contributes to good bone development in young children by aiding the absorption of calcium
the high concentration of vitamin E helps counteract the effects of ageing
calms the stomach and helps prevent the formation of ulcers or gastroenteritis
the oleic acid in olive oil helps prevent the sort of genetic mutations that can lead to cancer
helps regulate the metabolism and is particularly useful in the treatment of diabetes.
Chemical analysis and quality testing
Each batch of olive oil produced by Olea Sylvestris is tested for its chemical composition and to ensure that the levels of the most important chemical constituents remain consistently high. Click below for the latest analyses and certifications.
Our most important associate is: Prokopios Magiatis - Assistant Professor of pharmacognosy and natural products chemistry in the Kapodistrian University of Athens, who has provided invaluable assistance analysing the Olea Sylvestris oils.
Our oil press of choice on Pilio for the very best cold press extraction and the highest standards of care: Thetis Pelion
Olea Sylvestris, Loziniko, Volos, Greece
Olea Sylvestris - 100% wild olive oil
The Olea Sylvestris wild olive oil is produced exclusively for carefully selected wild olive trees. The guaranteed characteristics are:
- Traditional organic cultivation
- Carefully selected wild olive trees
- Harvested by hand
- First cold press extraction
- Highest levels of oleocanthal and oleacein
- Oleocanthal: 528 mg/Κg
- Oleacein: 194 mg/Kg
- Oleuropein aglycon: 168 mg/kg
- Ligstroside aglycon: 371 mg/kg
- Superior extra virgin (oxicity: 0,16)
- Unique, superior taste
- With strong aroma of olives and wild herbs
- Silky texture.
Alexandros - extra virgin olive oil
First cold pressed extraction
St John's Wort Oil
From St. John's Wort selcted and hand harvested from wild areas (naturally organic) of Pelion, Greece. Made using Olea Sylvestris extra virgin olive oil
How can I order a product from my place
By phone or email. The supply of the oil is limited, so you need to check availability.
How can I pay?
By bank transfer in advance.
What if the product is damaged in transit?
For an extra charge we can insure the delivery.
Why is the wild olive oil so expensive?
Wild olive oil is a unique product that is very difficult to produce. The price reflects the more painstaking method of production and the unusually high level of therapeutic elements in the oil.
Can someone visit the Olea Sylvestris estate?
Yes, just call us or email us to arrange a visit.
How can I get to Pelion (Pilio) in Greece?
From Athens or Thessaloniki by car, coach or train to Volos.
By plane to Aghialos airport (40 km from Volos) with scheduled flights from June to September. Check flights to Aghialos airport here.