Latin Name: Buxus Sempervirens
Boxwood is an evergreen shrub or small tree that belongs to the family Buxacece. The leaves of boxwood contain essential oil, tannins and the alkaloids, buxine (chiefly responsible for the bitter taste), parabuxine and parabuxonidine.
The infusion ( tea ) making by the leaves has an unpleasant odor and a bitter, astringent taste. Here are some of the most important benefits of thiw herb:
- The leaves and the bark are alterative, anti-rheumatic, cathartic, cholagogue, diaphoretic, febrifuge, oxytocic and vermifuge.
- Tincture of the wood has been used as a bitter tonic and antiperiodic, it has also had a reputation for curing leprosy.
- It is extensively used in the treatment of rheumatism.
- Decoction was suggested as an application to promote the growth of the hair.
- Boxwood was previously used to treat persistent and recurring fever (malaria), gout, rheumatism, urinary tract infections, intestinal worms, chronic skin problems, syphilis and hemorrhoids.