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Boldus, Boldea Fragrans

(Peumus Boldus)

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  • Boldo (Peumus boldus)


    Boldo (Peumus boldus) is also known as Boldus, Boldea fragrans, Boldine, Boldoak Boldea, Boldo Folium, Boldus Boldus, Peumus fragrans.

    Boldo is an evergreen native to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru. Archaeologists excavating in the Monte Verde region of southern Chile have found Boldo in combination with 22 other herbs wrapped in a seaweed basket estimated to be 12,500 years old. Chilean legend has it that Boldo was discovered by a shepherd who believed his sheep were healthier and had fewer liver problems when they grazed on native Boldo plants in his fields.

    Boldo Flowers

    For hundreds of years, the Chilean people have used it for liver, bowel, and gallbladder problems. In Chilean folk medicine, Boldo is used as an anthelmitic for treating worms. Indigenous tribes in parts of Peru use the leaves for liver diseases, gallstones, and for use as a diuretic. The fruit has been used as a spice, the wood a charcoal, and the bark for tanning hides. Boldo has abortive, anodyne, anthelmitic, antiifungal, anti-hepatotoxic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, carminative, cholagogue, choleretic, cytotoxic, demulcent, depurative, detoxifier, diuretic, hepatic, hepatotonic, hepatoprotective, laxative, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, teratogenic, tonic, and vermifuge properties.

    Boldo Fruits


  • The leaves are used to this day as a seasoning in Chilean cooking.
  • The essential oil is used in the perfume industry.
  • It is also an ingredient in liqueurs and bitters.


    Today, Boldo is still used to treat liver, gallbladder, hepatitis, constipation, flatulence, poor digestion, gallstones, and poor appetite. It is also used for treating insomnia, rheumatism, cystitis, colds, earaches, gout, jaundice, dyspepsia, and is used as an overall tonic. In homeopathic medicine it is used to treat digestive disorders, constipation, and liver problems. The leaves have been used for the treatment of intestinal worms. Other parts of South America use Boldo for treating gonorrhea and syphilis. American herbalists prescribe this plant to activate the secretion of saliva, bile flow, and liver activity, but also for many of the conditions mentioned.

    Boldo Leaf


    Boldo Constituents are alkaloids (boldine) and flavonoids, as well as ascaridole, camphor, cineole, linalool, limonene, b-pinene, rhamnetin, isorhamnetin, kaempferol, resin, and tannins. Parts used is the dried leaf. Typical preparations include teas and infusions. Also available in capsules or as an extract.

    Boldo Tea

    The standard dose of Boldo is 1/2 cup leaf infusion 1 to 2 times daily with meals, 2 to 4 ml of a 4 to1 ratio of tincture twice daily, or 3 to 4 grams daily of powdered leaf in tablets or capsules. For extracts, follow the label instructions. To make an infusion, use 1 to 2 teaspoons dried leaf per cup of boiling water. Let steep to desired strength.

    For treating liver or kidney diseases, it is best to consult with your health care provider for the treatment of your condition.


    When tested on animals, Boldo exhibited abortive and teratogenic properties, therefore it should not be used by pregnant or nursing women.

    It can also thin the blood, so for those taking blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin, or those with disorders that have a tendency towards thinning blood such as hemophilia, should not take Boldo without the supervision of a health care practitioner.

    Due to its diuretic effects, it is not for long term use.

    It can cause an allergic reaction. Discontinue using if you experience hives, itchy skin with swelling or a rash, or have trouble breathing.

    Do not use if there is severe liver disease or obstruction of the bile ducts. Seek advice from a practitioner if you have/had liver or kidney disease.


  • Boldo Herbal Products




    Mountain Rose Herbs: Boldo Leaf (Peumus boldus), Wild Harvested, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Boldo Leaf Powder (Peumus boldus), Wild Harvested, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices


    Starwest Botanicals: Boldo Leaf, Cut & Sifted, Wildcrafted, 4 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Boldo Leaf, Powder, Wildcrafted, 4 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Boldo Leaf, Cut & Sifted, Wildcrafted, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Boldo Leaf, Powder, Wildcrafted, 1 lb.


    HerbsPro: Boldo Extract, Therapeutic Botanical, Certified Organic, Amazon Therapeutic Labs, 1 fl. oz. (71448)


    TakeHerb: Boldo Leaf (Peumus boldus), Cut & Sifted, Wildcrafted, Starwest Botanicals, 4 oz.
    TakeHerb: Boldo Leaf (Peumus boldus), Cut & Sifted, Wildcrafted, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Boldo Leaf (Peumus boldus), Powder, Wildcrafted, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Boldo Extract, Amazon Therapeutic Laboratories, 1 fl. oz.


    Kalyx: Boldo Extract, Amazon Therapeutic Labs, 1 fl. oz: HF
    Kalyx: Boldo Leaf, Cut & Sifted (Peumus boldus), Wildcrafted, Starwest Botanicals, 4 oz: C
    Kalyx: Boldo Leaf, Cut & Sifted (Peumus boldus), Wildcrafted, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Boldo Leaf, Powder (Peumus boldus), Wildcrafted, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Boldo Leaf Powder Extract 4:1 (Peumus boldus), Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs.): RF
    Kalyx: Boldo Leaf Powder Extract 4:1 (Peumus boldus), Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs.): EB
    Kalyx: Boldo Leaf Powder (Peumus boldus), Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs.): RF
    Kalyx: Boldo Leaf Powder (Peumus boldus), Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs.): EB

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