History of the Olive: Throughout all recorded history the olive has played a major role in the growth of the most powerful civilizations and economies the world has ever known. The body and beauty care properties of olive oils were cherished by ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian cultures. The Israelites even offered olive oil as a gift to God and used it as anointing oil. Dating back to ancient biblical times there are numerous references to its mysterious curative powers. In fact its use in skincare came before its culinary use. It was not until the 1700s that Americans were first exposed to the olive. Franciscan missionaries brought olive trees to California upon settling there. Enjoy many interesting facts that have long been forgotten and that many commercial producers of our "modern" products would prefer you did not know. We will be adding a great deal of information, benefits, studies, facts, trivia and more ? so check back often to see what's new.