Author(s): GL. Alves, FL. BachiÃ©ga and EES. Camargo*
This study present the knoledge about the utilization of Vernoniacondensata, PlectrantusbarbatusePeumusboldus, species which is popular in Brazil, however has a short clarification about the content and goals. We still did a direct observation and identification of the boldo sheets by the participants of the survey. The real boldo (Peumusboldus) that has the better benefits had 26% score in the survey when was asked about the identification of the species and the other species (Vernoniacondensata e Plectranthusbarbatus) had 74% score, in other words, boldo is used in form of infusion and most of the time the crop is done at home, but most of people are unaware of its effects take to relieve some discomfort and end up causing other serious problems to the body. The result of the research showed that knowledge of the use of boldo as phytotherapic, in digestive and hepatic disorders and it needs to increase awareness about the risks of self-medication, because they are not free from side effects.