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Do you know boldo? It is a plant that you must know for its great properties.
Its scientific name is Peumus Boldus and this is a plant native to South America and is mainly found in countries such as Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and Peru.
Boldo grows in meadows and sunny slopes in the Andes, where this plant is grown on a large scale.
It has been exported to many countries and is currently naturalized in coastal areas that have mountains in the Mediterranean and North America.
In concept, the boldo is a small tree or shrub with many branches and that has a very peculiar aroma, and can grow up to 7 m in height.
This perennial plant has oval leaves and flowers that are small, bell-shaped and yellow or white.
Its fruits are small, they are also yellow in color and can be eaten.
This plant has trees of different sexes and both are essential for fruit production.
It is a plant that is very useful in the health area due to the properties of its leaves. These can be purchased at any time of the year and left to dry to be used to prepare liqueurs and as an herbal remedy.
In this article we will see the excellent properties of boldo, its impact on the body and how we can use it to provide benefits to our body.
This plant has excellent properties that help improve the health of the body, get to know them !:
Boldo is mainly made up of essential oils such as eucalyptol, cineole, and ascaridiol (which is also present in quinoa), as well as tannins and flavonoids.
The cineole gives it its characteristic lemon aroma, it also gives it expectorant and sedative properties, and the rest gives it anti-inflammatory and carminative properties, that is, it reduces the gases present in the digestive tract.
Flavonoids are excellent for our body as they can help reduce the risk of heart disease and regarding tannins, which are present in the bark of boldo, they are known for their outstanding antioxidant properties.
With regard to essential oils, boldo contains alkaloid substances such as boldine, which has important diuretic properties, which help in the elimination of liquids, protect the liver, and are useful to activate the production and expulsion of bile.
It is calming and sedative for the nervous system, thanks to its essential oils. Therefore it is recommended to treat insomnia.
Thanks to these excellent properties, boldo is able to help fight certain conditions, such as:
- High cholesterol.
- Dysfunctions of the liver and gallbladder.
- Intestinal inflammations
- Stomach cramps
- Sleep disorders.
- Viral illnesses (flu, colds, etc.)
- Stress and nervousness.
- Sexually transmitted diseases.
- Intestinal parasites.
- Obstruction of the bile ducts.
Boldo is not recommended for people who suffer from severe liver disease, are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is contraindicated in children.
Here is a recipe for boldo tea that is excellent if you have liver, gallbladder or stomach problems, if you have overindulged with food or drink:
Place 1 teaspoon of dried boldo leaves in 300 ml of boiling water and add the juice of half a lemon, add some natural sweetener, agave or cane sugar and voila! Enjoy this fabulous infusion.
It is also available for consumption in capsules that you can find in health food stores and herbalists.
Remember to consult your doctor before starting or with any questions in relation to natural medicinal treatments.