Boldo Peumus boldus Molina
- Common Names
- Botanical Name
- Peumus boldus Molina
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Boldo
- Medicinal Uses: * Detoxification
- Properties: * Anodyne * Antibacterial * Antiparasite * Hepatic * Muscle Relaxant * Muscle Relaxant * Stomachic
- Parts Used: leaves
- Constituents: alkaloids (boldine) and flavonoids, resin, and tannins. essential oil: ascaridole, camphor, cineole, linalool, limonene
How to Use: Boldo
The use of boldo is passed down from the time of the Incas and the herb is used in much the same way today - for a wide range of stomach, digestive, and liver complaints. Boldo leaves are used to treat bladder and urinary tract infections, gallbladder discomfort, gallstones, heartburn and indigestion, and stomach cramps. The herb works by encouraging the release of bile and dissolving fats and also by increasing intestinal transit time, giving the digestive tract more time to digest food. The ascaridole in boldo attacks intestinal worms. 1
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Drinking this bitter tea before meals improve digestion and prevent heartburn, gas and bloating. Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb per cup.
Koehler's Medicinal-Plants 1887
An evergreen tree indigenous to Chile, long used in South American folk medicine to treat a wide range of intestinal problems and support of the liver.
Regional Traditions :Central and South America *
History and Traditions & FolkloreBoldo leaves have been used as a traditional medicine in South America for centuries. In Latin America boldo is also used particularly to support the gallbladder, but also to calm upset stomachs. In Chile, it is frequently mixed with yerba mate or other teas to moderate its extremely bitter flavor
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- Duke, James A., Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook(2000)
Active constituents in boldo leaves, makes them useful for a range of stomach, intestinal, and liver complaints.