Spicy, fruity and rich, the complexity of Buchu could transport you to a souk in some exotic destination. Used traditionally as an everyday tonic or to treat urinary ailments, Buchu has many protective properties that will help your body keep infections at bay. Buchu goes well with Resurrection Bush, Rooibos or Honeybush. Or to really spice things up, mix with cloves or star aniseed.
Buchu was and still is used for kidney and bladder-related ailments, as it is known as a natural diuretic with anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been used to for stomach problems and indigestion, for various chest ailments and as an everyday tonic to provide energy and to assist and enhance the efficacy of other healing treatments.
Externally the foliage herbs are used to treat sprains, concussions, rheumatism and arthritis. Steeped in vinegar, Buchu can be used as an antiseptic for cleaning wounds. Traditionally the Khoi and San people mixed it with sheep fat for use as a moisturizer and lubricant. Due to its strong aromatic smell, Buchu is also a known to work as an insect repellent and deodorant.
Buchu (Agathosma betulina) is a plant endemic to South Africa and grows only in the rich soil on the mountainous slopes of the Western and Southern Cape. It is a low evergreen shrub with star-shaped white or pink flowers that bloom between June and November. The leaves have oil glands underneath that release a strong aroma to which its scientific name refers: Agathosma – pleasant (agathos) smell (osme).
Our Buchu is sourced from the heart of nature – deep in the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa.
An extract has been developed which is used to improve skins appearance and texture. Topically it can also be used for wound healing. The essential oil is used in small amounts to impart fruit flavours to beverages and food, or in a blend for fine fragrances, perfumes and cosmetic products. People drink Buchu water (hydrosol) as a general health tonic and take supplements for urinary tract infections and joint health.