Boldo is an aromatic plant native to Chile. It belongs to the Monimiaceae family. Its scientific name is Peumus boldus. Long used as a spice in Latin America, it is also known to have therapeutic properties. Its components and active principles are boldine, flavonoids, terpenes as well as essential oil.
Boldo is renowned for improve hepatic and digestive comfort. It is mainly indicated in case of dyspepsia and minor pathologies of the liver. Among other things, it relieves difficult and painful digestion without any obvious lesion. It also contributes to the stimulation of bile secretion and relieves liver pain.
This plant also has antispasmodic and relaxing properties. She tends to relieve contractions and spasms of intestinal and uterine smooth muscles.
The other properties of boldo are:
- Hepato-protective and hepato-tonic
- Choleretic and cholagogue (biliary insufficiency)
- Anti-infectious and antiseptic (treatment of urinary tract infections)
In herbal medicine, boldo is used in the form of herbal tea or infusion, mother tincture, dry extracts, powder and capsule.
Use and dosage
Boldo is mainly used internally. The most common form is, moreover, herbal tea or infusion.
For the preparation of an infusion, you need an amount of 1-2 g of dried leaves per 150 ml of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes and then strain. This preparation is ideal for treat pain in the digestive tract. It also promotes bile secretion. It is recommended to drink 3 cups a day.
For capsules, the recommended dose is 3 to 6 capsules per day. This pharmaceutical form makes it possible to restore hepatic comfort the day after a party or a weekend. It is also effective for treat occasional cases of constipation. In addition, the capsules have a high boldo content.
In powder form, taking before a meal is recommended. A teaspoon of powder mixed with honey or jam is enough.
In mother tincture, the usual dosage is set at 0.5 to 2 ml, 3 times a day.
Contraindications, side effects and precautions for use
The use of this medicinal plant is reserved only for adults over 18 years of age. It is not recommended during treatments for liver disorders major and also in case of obstruction of the bile ducts. In cases of gallstones, for example, treatment with this plant should only be prescribed by a doctor.
Moreover, following abortive actions as well as fetal malformations noted in pregnant rats, the use of this plant is prohibited for pregnant women.
It should be noted that in high doses, boldo becomes neurotoxic and neuroleptic. It can also cause vomiting.
In any case, it is best to consult a health professional beforehand in order to be able to take advantage of its benefits without risk.