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Otoba parvifolia (Banderol)

Rated 4.89 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)


Botanical Name:

Otoba parvifolia

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Part Used: Bark
Percentage of Alcohol Used: 45%
Herb to Menstruum Ratio: 1:4
Production Method: Whole-herb Percolation Extraction


  • Otoba parvifolia (Banderol)
  • Gluten-Free Pharmaceutical-Grade Alcohol
  • Distilled Water

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*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your health care provider for further information & dosing recommendations.

*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Please consult your health care provider for further information & dosing recommendations.

Additional Information About Otoba parvifolia (Banderol)

Otoba parvifolia, also known as Banderol, is a tree native to the Amazon rainforest, celebrated for its potential medicinal properties. With a rich history in traditional Amazonian medicine, this botanical treasure has gained attention for its diverse therapeutic applications.

Traditional Use
Deeply ingrained in traditional Amazonian healing practices, Banderol has been utilized for generations for its purported health benefits. Its traditional uses span a wide range, from addressing microbial infections to supporting overall health and well-being.

Growing Conditions
Thriving in the lush and biodiverse environment of the Amazon rainforest, Banderol exhibits adaptability to its surroundings. This adaptability allows it to flourish in the rich ecosystem of the rainforest, contributing to its availability in traditional medicine.

The name "Banderol" is derived from the Spanish word "banderilla," referencing the slender sticks adorned with colorful flags used in bullfighting. This name reflects the traditional use of Otoba parvifolia's bark, resembling the symbolic banner of strength and protection in traditional medicine practices.

Scientific Studies
Emerging scientific studies suggest promising implications of Otoba parvifolia. While ongoing research is necessary to fully understand its mechanisms, these early findings highlight the potential of Banderol as a valuable addition to herbal medicine.

Cautions and Side Effects
While generally considered safe, it is important to approach the use of Banderol with caution, especially if combining it with other medications or supplements. Consulting with a healthcare professional before integrating Banderol into one's health regimen is advisable.

Banderol - Otoba parvifolia


1. Herb-Drug Interaction Potential of Anti-Borreliae Effective Extracts from Uncaria tomentosa (Samento) and Otoba parvifolia (Banderol) Assessed In Vitro. Johanna Weiss. Molecules. 2018 Dec 31;24(1):137. doi: 10.3390/molecules24010137. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30602711/
2. Comparative phylogeography of five widespread tree species: Insights into the history of western Amazonia. Eurídice N Honorio Coronado et al. Ecol Evol. 2019 Jun 11;9(12):7333-7345. doi: 10.1002/ece3.5306. eCollection 2019 Jun. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31380054/
3. Insights into Lyme Disease Treatment. 13 Lyme-Literate Health Care Practitioners Share their Healing Strategies. By Connie Strasheim.

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9 reviews for Otoba parvifolia (Banderol)

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    John Verified Buyer 10/01/2022
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    B Verified Buyer 05/07/2023
    Rated 5 out of 5

    I got it right away!

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    Anna Verified Buyer 06/30/2023
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Arrived slowly, but that was due to delay with postal service. Seller shipped quickly and arrived in great condition. Haven’t tried product yet.

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    Kevin Verified Buyer 07/19/2022
    Rated 5 out of 5

    High quality

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    Brooklyn Verified Buyer 03/13/2022
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Alex is clearly passionate about herbal remedies and it shows in the way she was able to help me. Her willingness to answer my questions and provide guidance was very helpful

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    Brooklyn Verified Buyer 04/02/2022
    Rated 5 out of 5

    I switched to Apex Botanicals from Nutramedix. Apex products are wayy cheaper and work the same if not better!

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    Andrew Verified Buyer 11/22/2022
    Rated 4 out of 5

    I don’t know what I’d do without these tinctures. I’ve been sick for so long and starting to see some improvement

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    AC Verified Buyer 01/05/2023
    Rated 5 out of 5

    We just received the Otoba parvifolia a couple days ago to help battle Lyme disease. I’m optimistic that this will rid me of the Lyme but time will tell. I’m willing to review this again at a later date.nThis product was packaged well.

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    Sheila Horton Verified Buyer 01/10/2023
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Very good quality. The shipping was incredibly fast considering it shipped from Canada to the United States.

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What makes Apex Botanical tinctures different from other herbal tinctures?

Our tinctures stand out due to the premium quality of herbs we use. Crafted at a concentration of 1:4, our herbal tinctures prioritize both potency and effectiveness.

Unlike many other companies that employ a uniform alcohol percentage across all products, our approach is nuanced. We tailor the alcohol concentration for each herb based on the distinct medicinal properties of the plant.

This strategy reflects our commitment to a sophisticated extraction of medicinal compounds, effectively setting Apex Botanicals apart in the realm of herbal tinctures.

How should I consume my herbal tincture?

Herbal tinctures are generally taken on an empty stomach (1 hour before and after meals). They can be taken directly or added to 1oz of water if the taste is hard to swallow.

Dosing of herbal tinctures will generally vary from 1 drop once per day up to 1 tsp 3 times per day. When taking anti-microbial herbal tinctures, starting at a lower dose and increasing slowly is the general rule of thumb.

*Be sure to speak with your primary care provider to determine the correct dose for your needs.

How long should I take my herbal tincture for?

The length of time a tincture should be taken will vary considerably based on your state of health, the infection / symptom you’re trying to treat and other medications or treatments you are concurrently taking.

Most people with chronic tick-borne infections take an herbal tincture for between 3 months and 2 years.

As a general rule, its recommended to take an herbal tincture for at least 1 month to see the best results.

Are herbal tinctures safe for children?

Generally speaking, it is safe for children to consume herbal tinctures, but dosing should be adjusted. Refrence 'Clarks Rule' for further information.

*Always consult your primary care provider before starting a new protocol or giving your child herbal tinctures.

Are herbal tinctures safe during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

Some herbs are strictly contraindicated in pregnancy and should be avoided. We do our best to indicate this on the product information page but are not held liable for any errors or omissions.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult your primary care provider before consuming any herbal tinctures.

Will my herbal tincture interact with medications or supplements?

Interactions of herbal tinctures with medications or supplements do exist. We strongly recommended consulting with your primary care provider or pharmacist before taking any herbal tinctures if you are concerned about potential contraindications.

What does a 1:4 ratio imply and how does it compare to 1:2 or 1:5+?

The ratio describes the concentration of a tincture. We use a 1:4 ratio, meaning 1 part dried herb (in grams) to 4 parts menstruum (the combined alcohol and herb).

A ratio of 1:5 has more liquid to the same amount of herb and is therefore more diluted.

A ratio of 1:10 or higher is very diluted and requires very high daily doses and is not recommended.

Tinctures made at 1:2 are often too concentrated for Lyme patients and commonly induce Herx reactions that can be very intense.

Most tinctures on the market are made at 1:5. We’ve chosen to use 1:4 to ensure greater potency while still being very safe and tolerable.

Does higher alcohol content mean an herbal tincture is more or less potent?

Using the correct alcohol percentage to extract the specific medicinal constituents of that herb is of highest importance when making a tincture. Using more or less alcohol essentially reflects the chemical nature of the compounds that we want to extract into the liquid portion.

A tincture made at 40% versus one made at 80% is not twice at strong. It simply implies that for the first herb, 40% alcohol will optimally extract the medicinal qualities. For the second herb, 80% is the concentration for optimal extraction.

We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that our tinctures are made using the correct concentrations.

*Please note that not all herbal tinctures on the market are made with the appropriate alcohol concentration so use our site as a reference or conduct your own research to make sure you’re purchasing the best formulated tincture possible.

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