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Boldo: a plant with magnificent properties and medicinal uses

Boldo has been used in traditional medicine in different natural remedies to maintain health or help recover it from different ailments or conditions of the body. It is a plant with very diverse uses.

Perhaps you do not know that boldo is a plant with great therapeutic interest and so that you know it we will tell you in this article the most important data about this plant. You will know what it is, what its medicinal action is, its properties and benefits, how it is used and its possible contraindications.

What is Boldo? 

The Boldo , Peumus boldus , also popularly known as boldú, is a tree native to South America, specifically Chile.

Belonging to the botanical family of the Monimiáceas and is a tree that measures between 2 and 3 meters long. The leaves of the Boldo are oval in shape and its flowers, which grow in clusters, are small, white and give off a penetrating aroma.

Both the leaves and the fruits of boldo are part of popular medicine and within its traditional uses it is known to be used in cases of liver ailments and rheumatism.

Boldo leaves are used in traditional Chilean cuisine.

Boldo oil is used in agriculture against pests and as a herbicide.

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Composition of Boldo, Peumus boldus

Boldo has in its composition more than 40 different types of essential oils such as ascaridiol, limonene or eucalyptol, it has alkaloids (such as Boldin , one of the most powerful natural antioxidants) and phytochemicals such as flavonoids and anthocyanins.

Medicinal properties of Boldo

It is the components of Boldo that provide its pharmacological action such as: antidiabetic, digestive, cholagogue, hepatoprotective, chemoprotective, antioxidant, carminative, antimutagenic, purifying, sedative, antipyretic, antitumor, relaxing, antiatherosclerotic, choleretic, diuretic and anti-inflammatory.

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BOLDO Boldo benefits and uses

Stimulates bile secretion

Fight rheumatism

Promotes the recovery of dislocations

Helps to have a regular intestinal transit and to prevent or improve constipation

Improves digestions

It is a natural remedy against menstrual cramps.

Fight urinary infections

Prevents the formation of stones in the gallbladder

The use of boldo has been positive in cases of acute colitis

Purify the blood

Its antioxidant action reduces oxidation damage to the cells and tissues of our body.

Reduces the risk of cell mutation

This plant reduces the risk of suffering from atherosclerosis (accumulation of fat in the arteries)

Stimulates the functioning of the liver and kidneys

Helps to expel accumulated gases

Boldo is useful against Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria responsible for most stomach problems, from the typical ulcers, through infections to gastric cancer.

Promotes the elimination of toxins

It is a natural remedy against fluid retention

Fight insomnia due to the mild sedative effect

Boldine has the potential to be a useful agent for inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells in breast cancer, and the action of this alkaloid in inducing cancer cell death (apoptosis) has been studied.

How to take boldo

The most common and simple way to use boldo is by preparing an infusion as follows:

  1. Put a teaspoon of dry boldo in a cup
  2. Fill the cup with very hot water (it does not need to come to a boil)
  3. Cover and let stand about 4 minutes. The longer we leave the leaves infusing, the stronger the flavor will be and its therapeutic qualities will also be more concentrated.
  4. Filter and drink little by little when the boldo infusion has cooled to a temperature that is comfortable for you.

You can take up to 3 cups of boldo a day without exceeding 5 grams of plant in total.

As with the rest of medicinal plants, take the infusion for a maximum of 2 weeks in a row. Then rest 1 week before taking it again if necessary.

To ensure that you use the best quality boldo and that you do not ingest toxic residues that have been used during its cultivation ( pesticides ), choose an ecological boldo , to take care of your health and take care of the environment.

Home remedies with boldo

* The infusion with boldo leaves favors digestive processes, constipation, menstrual pain, protects the liver and is useful in the cases indicated above.

* For  headache, prepare compresses with the crushed and cooked leaves. Apply them on the temples or on the stomach to relieve pain.

Boldo contraindications

Its consumption is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation.

If you are under pharmacological treatment, consult with your doctor or your pharmacist before taking medicinal plants, since these can interact with the therapeutic action of the medicines and can cancel or enhance it.

Remember that this is general information and that it is not a substitute for personalized professional advice.

Consulted bibliography

https://www.elsevier.es/es-revista-farmacia-profesional-3-articulo-boldo-13087207

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/1043661894800936?via%3Dihub

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4057328/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0009279705002206?via%3Dihub

https://www.thieme-connect.de/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-2006-960043

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ptr.5176

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28304234

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30832296

 

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