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Boldo Leaf

  • Peumus boldus
  • Origin: Chile
Boldo Leaf

SKU
bol_o1oz

Common Name

Standardized: boldo

Botanical Name

Peumus boldus Molina
Plant Family: Monimiaceae

Overview

Boldo is an evergreen shrub most commonly found in Chile, but also occurring in other parts of South America including Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. The plant has since become naturalized outside its native range, with small populations in Europe and Africa. The waxy leaves are highly aromatic to the point of being unpleasantly pungent when crushed. The boldo plant produces small green fruits that are sweet with a pleasant taste.

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.

Parts Used

Dried leaf.

Typical Preparations

Teas and infusions, or as a capsule or extract.

Summary

Boldo leaves are used in Chilean cooking, similar to how bay leaves are used elsewhere in the world. The scent becomes more palatable after drying and cooking, bringing to the surface notes of camphor, pepper, and mint. Essential oil of boldo is used in the perfume industry, and the leaf is an ingredient in liqueurs and bitters.

Precautions

Specific: Not for use in persons with obstructions of the bile duct or serious liver conditions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.