The health benefits of Boldo tea are believed to be quite well-known in the ancient civilizations of South America. The Incas have been observed to have used boldo as a treatment for bladder and prostate problems. Meanwhile, the German E Commission reports that boldo increases gastric secretions and has antispasmodic properties.
Boldo is a tree typically found in the central region of Chile, as well as in the mountains near the Mediterranean. It is an evergreen shrub whose leaves are approximately two inches in length and colored brown when dried. The fruits of the b oldo tree are small green spheres.
The following are the active constituents of boldo: volatile oil, terpeneol, boldin, boldoglucin, flavonoid glycosides and alkaloids. The healthy properties of boldo can be derived from a boldo tea infusion from the leaves. To make boldo tea, pour boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried boldo leaves. Let the mix infuse for about 10 to 15 minutes. Boldo tea can be drunk three times per day but should not be taken for an extended period of time.
Those with severe liver or kidney disease or obstruction of the bile ducts are advised to avoid the use of boldo. Pregnant and nursing women should also avoid taking boldo tea.
The following are some health benefits attributed to boldo tea:
- May help treat urinary tract and bladder infections.
- May help in liver cleansing.
- May help alleviate heartburn.
- May help relieve discomfort in the gallbladder.
- May help treat mild stomach cramps.
- May help in the treatment of worm infections.
- May help in the treatment of cystitis.
- Believed to be a treatment for gonorrhea.