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THE ONE AND ONLY BOLDO

THE ONE AND ONLY BOLDO

04 Sep
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COMMON NAME: Boldo

LATIN NAME: Peumus boldus

ORIGIN: Chile

HABITAT: Naturally, Boldo grows in the central regions of Chile and Argentina, as well as in South America and North Africa. This plant is cultivated in Chile, Peru, in the Mediterranean countries.

Boldo prefers rather dry habitats. Collection of its leathery leaves with short petioles is carried out throughout the year, which makes it unusual in comparison with other herbaceous plants.

BOTANICAL INFORMATION:

Boldo (lat. Peumus boldus) is the only representative of the monotypic genus of dicotyledonous plants that is part of the Monimiaceae family.

Boldo is an evergreen tree up to 7 m in height, sometimes growing like a shrub. All parts of the plant have a strong spicy specific odor, similar to the scent of cinnamon and camphor.

The opposite arrangement of leaves with a wedge-shaped base gives it a special charm. They are elliptical in shape and rounded at the ends. The tuberous surface of the leaves is covered with interesting bubble-like bulges, called papules, from below and from above. Bearing bunches of incredibly small hairs are located on them. Petiole of leaf is very short. Dioecious flowers are presented in short end panicle type inflorescences and axillary inflorescences.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION:

Ascaridol, eucalyptol and cimol, various alkaloids (boldin and others), some flavonoids, and also essential oils containing eugenol, limonene and cumene were found in the composition of the boldo plant. The bark of the plant contains a large amount of tannins.

ACTIONS: Peumus boldus is able to provide analgesic, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antipyretic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, blood purifier, carminative, decongestant, demulcent, detoxicant, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, insecticidal, laxative, liver tonic, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, uterine stimulant, vermifuge effects on the body.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Boldin and other available alkaloids perfectly stimulate the necessary formation of bile and gastric juice. It enhances the separation of uric acid and urine itself.
  • Thanks to ascaridol in its composition, Boldo is used as an anthelmintic remedy.
  • Boldo is very useful for those, suffering from anorexia, as it stimulates the secretion of saliva and increases appetite. In addition, Boldo tones and protects the stomach. It is recommended to take it in case of stomach pain, gastritis and digestive problems.
  • It is an ideal remedy for those, who suffer from flatulence. This herb fights intestinal colic and has a mild laxative effect.
  • This aromatic herb deals with insomnia and sleep disorders. The essential oils contained in it provides calming effect on the nervous system. Boldo leaves reduce anxiety, nervousness and has a light sedative effect.
  • Peumus boldus is specially suggested for those who suffer from seasonal colds, as an immunostimulating agent. In addition, people who have recently undergone surgery or suffer from a disease that requires invasive treatments (such as cancer) can take Boldo to improve the immune system.
  • Moreover, to get rid of unpleasant breath you can chew a few Boldo leaves.
  • Peumus boldus prevents the formation of stones and lowers bad cholesterol in the body, and also cleanses the blood and liver. It is a great herbal supplement for those, who suffer from cirrhosis, obesity, jaundice and hepatobiliary insufficiency.
  • Due to calming and sedative effects, Boldo leaves are effective for headaches and migraines. They also relieve muscle tension due to anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant effects.
  • Topically, Boldo contributes to the healing of ligaments with sprains, dislocations, pain in the neck.

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Boldo is not recommended to use for those who suffer from severe liver diseases and blockage of the biliary tract.

This plant should not be consumed by people who take anticoagulants, as it increases the risk of internal bleeding.

Breast-feeding and pregnant women should avoid using this plant, as it has an abortifacient effect.

INTERESTING FACTS:

In some countries Boldo is used as a seasoning for vegetable dishes instead of Bay leaves.

Boldo wood is very hard, therefore, it is used in the woodworking and coal industries. Bark boldo is used in the manufacture of paint.

Mapuche (Aboriginal tribe in South America) used it before Columbus to treat a variety of diseases.

*Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult with your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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