Also Known as: Peumus boldus, Boldea fragrans, Boldine, Boldoak Boldea, Boldo Folium, Boldus, Boldus Boldus, Peumus fragrans.
Farming Type: Wild Crafted
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. 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.
The German Commission E has approved boldo leaf for complaints of the gastrointestinal tract including dyspepsia. It is traditionally used to support the gallbladder and to relieve abdominal pain associated with the liver and gallbladder.
Note: Don’t 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.
In magick, Boldo is prized in Brujeria, curandismo and Hoodoo rootwork. It can be used around places of business relating to health issues to keep away customers with bad health. Can also be sprinkled around the home to ward off evil and increase strength.
Keywords: Protection, exorcism
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