Common Boxwood Dried Leaves

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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.
To make an infusion, place 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb in a tea infuser or teapot or mug for each cup of tea you intend to brew. Cover with boiling water. Place on the lid (or cover your cup with a saucer). Allow the mixture to steep for 10' to 15' minutes or overnight. Then strain the tea and serve. Drink 1-3 cups of tea a day. Add if you want honey, milk or lemon wedge for flavour.
Boxwood is generally considered safe to use medicinally but possible side effects include abdominal pain, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, tremors, loss of coordination, convulsions and dizziness. In any case you should consult with your healthcare doctor before using any herb especially if you’re taking other medications or having health problems.

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