Information on Boldo

Latin NamePeumus boldo
Other NamesBoldus
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Liver
CautionsAvoid with the following conditions without consulting an experienced herbalist: gallstones, serious liver conditions, obstruction of the bile duct.
Botanical InfoAn evergreen shrub or small tree from the citrus family with aromatic leaves and bark.
DescriptionBoldo leaves are known to stimulate and decongest the liver and are sometimes used for hepatitis. They increase the flow of bile and are also used for gallbladder problems, with such symptoms as dyspepsia, weak digestion, and lack of appetite, especially when associated with nervousness, tension, and stress. Boldo leaves are diuretic and are sometimes useful for relieving subacute cystitis, especially with mucus and are sometimes used for slimming.

Boldo has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1 dropperful 3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Boldo

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Gallbladder problemsbile stimulanttincture, tea, capsule
Liver, stimulantliver stimulanttincture, capsule, tea


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Leung, A. and S. Foster. 1996. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients. New York: J. Wiley & Sons.