We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is Boldo Tea?

By C. Mitchell
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Boldo tea is an herbal infusion made from leaves of the boldo plant, a shrub native to Central and South America. The infusion is primarily used as a medicinal treatment. Herbalists and natural medicine practitioners often prescribe it for liver dysfunction, digestive problems, and rheumatism. Side effects are generally rare in low doses, but extensive and prolonged boldo ingestion is believed by many medical professionals to lead to kidney failure, convulsions, and intestinal damage. For this reason, sale of the herb is restricted in some countries.

The dried leaves of the boldo plant are often marketed as a tea, but the plant is not genetically related to tea plants at all. Boldo "tea" is usually made in the same way as a more traditional black or green tea, however, which makes the “tea” name widely accepted. Leaves are plucked from the plant, then set out to dry. They are then crumbled and infused in hot water to create a potent brew.

In some South American communities, boldo tea is also made from fresh leaves that have been crushed and strained. This is most common in communities where the plant grows wild, as commercially selling fresh leaves is often challenging. Fresh boldo tea preparations are usually much stronger and more potent, which means that fewer leaves are required, and their boil time is relatively short.

Boiled boldo leaves, whether fresh or dried, are usually very bitter, and can be unpleasant to drink. It is not uncommon for herbalists to blend the leaves with other true tea leaves to create a more palatable brew. Most of the time, only a small amount of baldo tea is required to achieve the desired effect.

Boldo tea is usually only consumed for medicinal purposes, in large part because of its bitterness. The plant has been revered in South America for centuries as having strong detoxifying and pain relieving principles. Key uses of baldo are for treatment for ongoing digestive problems, particularly ailments related to the liver. Some people also self-prescribe the tea for pain, particularly headaches related to the over-consumption of alcohol.

Most medical professionals discourage the self-prescription of any herbal remedy, even one as seemingly innocuous as boldo tea. While it is true that the herb has been actively used by people in boldo growing regions for hundreds of years, this does not necessarily make it safe for everyday consumption. Side effects of boldo are usually mild, but they can be serious, particularly in women who are pregnant. It is usually a good idea to talk to a doctor or herbalist about any problems before deciding to self-treat with boldo tea.

In some countries, the distribution of boldo is restricted or even illegal. Governments have different stances on herbal supplements, and different restrictions on how they can be used, distributed, or prescribed. Boldo is not usually characterized as a dangerous herb, but its potency and potential for abuse is concerning to some national leaders.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By Melonlity — On Mar 22, 2014
The side effects of this sound dreadful. Have their been any major studies done as to how effective this substance is and do those potential benefits outweigh the side effects?

One of the problems with herbal medicine -- in the United States, at least -- is that it is largely unregulated. Independent verification of how well herbal treatments work is, then, essential.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.