What is Boldo?
Boldo is a medicinal plant that grows in South America, which the indigenes have been using for years to treat different health conditions.
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It contains essential oils such as ascaridole and eucalyptol, as well as its flavonoids and tannins, making it very useful. Boldo contains antioxidant, digestive, diuretic, and sedative properties. The many properties found in boldo makes it potent in fighting urinary tract infections.
Health Benefits of Boldo
The health benefits of boldo include:
- Helps elimination of toxins and protects the liver
- Helps the digestive system to work properly in cases of constipation or indigestion.
- Helps in expulsion of gases.
- Stimulates the gallbladder
- Increases saliva secretion in people who suffer from dry mouth.
- Aids in the recovery from dislocations and rheumatism.
- Helps expel liquids from the body.
- Irrespective of its health benefits, boldo shouldn’t be consumed for more than four weeks if not it can result to negative side effects.
- Boldo is a laxative, so avoid it if you have diarrhea. Also pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid taking it.
Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract diseases are caused by infections in the bladder, ureters, kidneys, prostate, or urethra. These infections occur when pathogens enter the urinary tract, either through the lower urinary tract or through the bloodstream, and reach the kidneys. These infections are usually difficult to diagnose.
If you have any of these symptoms, you could be suffering from a urinary tract infection:
- Pressure or pain in the lower abdomen
- Burning or painful urination
- Fever, fatigue, or shivers
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Foul smelling or cloudy or dark urine
How to use Boldo to Treat Urinary Tract Infections
- 2 teaspoons of boldo tea (30 g)
- 1 cup of water (250 ml)
- Add a few boldo leaves to a pot of water and boil.
- After it boils, remove from heat and allow to cool a bit.
- Drink about 2 or 3 times a day for one week.
- Use boldo tea as a base for other fruit drinks.
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