Elaeagnus angustifolia

Elaeagnus angustifolia L.


  • Oleaster (genus)
  • Persian Olive
  • Russian Olive
  • Russian Silver-berry
  • zeizafun زيزفون
  • יִצְהָרוֹן מַכְסִיף
  • yitzharon makhsif


  • Humid habitats

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Elaeagnus angustifolia L.

Medicinal Complaints / Uses
System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used Source

Abdominal pain


Decoct leaves & drink x1 cup as needed.

Leaf B
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney stones


Decoct flowers & drink x1 cup mornings before breakfast as needed.

Flower B
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract infection


Decoct flowers & drink x1 cup mornings before breakfast as needed.

Flower B
Nervous system



Decoct leaves & drink x3 cups/day.

Leaf B
Respiratory system

Upper respiratory tract congestion


Decoct leaves & drink x1 cup x1-2/day.

Leaf B

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Elaeagnus angustifolia contains alkaloids in the root, bark & aerial parts including; elaeagnin which has hypotensive actvity; harman & harmaline that inhibit monoamino oxidase (MAO) & increase serotonin & noradrenaline. Contains high levels of K, Na, P & steroidal glycosides (saponins). Should not be used in preganacy or lactation. Rich in heavy metals including Cr, Pb, Zn, Cu, Ni, Co. Pollen allergenic & can cause dermatitis on contact. May interact with cardiac, hypotensive drugs & tricyclic anti-depressants.