The olive tree is native to the Holy Land where it has been cultivated since ancient times. According to historians, the first olive groves took root in the Holy Land and along the coast of the eastern Mediterranean around 4,000 B.C.
The olive tree is a slow growing tree which fills during the first 7 years of it's life. It is especially productive thought out her life. Growing to heights ranging from 6 to 15 feet (2 to 5 meters), Reaching the age of 200 the trunk disappears, shoots develop at the base of the trunk which eventually grow into a new tree, hence the reputation as the immortal tree.
The Olive Tree has both a sentimental and religious significance to all nations and all religions. In the Old Testament, olive oil was used to anoint prophets and kings. For nourishment, healing, cleansing, lighting, and symbolic purposes, olive oil was important.
Later in the New Testament, Jesus Christ was described as the "Anointed One" the Messiah .Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan who used oil for healing.
When Jesus went to Jerusalem, he went up to the Mount of Olives where he prayed and taught his disciples the word of God. The agony of our Lord was in the midst of many of these olive wood trees in the Garden of Gethsemane where He prayed asking His Father, "Let this cup pass from me but not My will but Yours be done."
In the middle of October, the people of the Holy Land pick the olive fruits to either press them and get the olive oil or to make olive to eat and cook.
Once the oil has been pressed out of the olives what remains can be used to make pure olive oil soap. This reminds us of how Jesus was pressed down in pain in the Garden as He prayed and how His expressed love for people cleanses and washes away the sins of the world.
Once the olives have all been picked it is time to cut the branches and begin the pruning process. These sacred and holy olive trees require that we use hand saws only because of the danger electric and gas saws inflict upon these trees.