The benefits of tea have been talked about throughout ages, but one lesser-known tea is making some noise lately. That tea is boldo tea! It comes from a slow-growing tree found in South America with its native region being in central Chile. (1)
Boldo tea has served as a remedy for a variety of purposes throughout time. Traditionally, it has been used to alleviate symptoms of hangovers, digestive discomfort, and benefits the liver, gallbladder, and immune system. Plus, it’s an overall useful tonic. (1)
The potential health benefits of boldo tea
When it comes to digestive function it activates the liver’s production of bile breaking down food for nutrients. It possesses antispasmodic qualities helping calm bowel cramps, some use it as a mild herbal laxative to reduce constipation, and it helps stomach upset and increases appetites for those with eating difficulties. (1)
Studies have shown that boldo tea can help facilitate the removal of waste and toxins from the liver before they can build up and cause damage and can protect liver cells from damages caused by accumulated toxins. (1)
This specific tea has also helped eliminate gallstones from the gallbladder before they can cause problems. It contains natural antibacterial and antimicrobial agents that help the immune system eliminate infectious agents within the body. It may ease excess inflammation, contains antioxidants, which help fight infection, and some say may even defend against parasites. (1)
Other uses around the world
In Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Paraguay, boldo tea is mixed with yerba mate tea. In some South American countries they drink boldo tea instead of other mate beverages. (2)
Boldo plants are also used for their aromatic leaves. Traditionally, they have been used to treat insomnia, dizziness, rheumatism, cystitis, stomach cramps, and earaches. It helps thin the blood and prevents blood clots. Because of its antimicrobial properties boldo tea has been used to treat colds, syphilis, and gonorrhea throughout history as well. (3)
Effective relief for gastrointestinal problems
Many sources say that boldo tea is effective when it comes to dealing with a number of problems such as, consistent heartburn, stomach cramps, liver infection, urinary tract infections, gallbladder discomfort, internal parasites in the gastrointestinal tract, and irritable bowel syndrome. In fact, it can provide near-instant relief from gastrointestinal spasms, especially those caused by taking strong medications. (4)
Boldo leaves are great for cooking!
Boldo leaves are used in Chilean cooking – similar to how many other cultures use bay leaves in cooking. The aroma becomes more fragrant after drying and cooking and can be described as notes of camphor, pepper, and mint. Boldo essential oil is used in perfumes and this powerful leaf is also an ingredient in many liqueurs and bitters. (5)
Whether you are looking for some relief of many common problems, looking to make your own perfumes at home, or even try cooking with a new ingredient, then boldo just may be something to look into!
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