About Buchu

As a herbal remedy forming part of their cultural heritage, buchu was introduced to early colonists by Khoi pastoralists.

Buchu soon made its appearance in Europe, where it was officially listed as a medicine in the British Pharmacopoeia in 1821. From there it found its way to the United States, where by the mid-nineteenth century it had become a popular medicine for the treatment of urinary ailments. Not all shipments reached its shores however, with a number of bales of buchu leaf having been listed on the cargo manifest of the RMS Titanic on it's final voyage.

Buchu is one of the most important herbal medicines emanating from South Africa. Today it is used worldwide in various forms for the treatment of ailments such as cystitis, prostatitis and arthritis, the treatment of bruises, and as a natural diuretic.

Its essential oil has also achieved international usage in the flavour and fragrance industries. It is widely used as a natural flavour enhancer in foods and beverages with a blackcurrant flavour. It is also a commonly used ingredient in perfumery.

Agathosma betulina

Round-leaf Buchu, a member of the citrus family of plants (Rutaceae), is endemic to mountain slopes in the Cederberg Region of the Western Cape.

Just as Rooibos, it forms part of Fynbos, the natural vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

It is an evergreen aromatic shrub up to 2m high, with oval leaves 10 - 20 mm long, and white to pink flowers. Fruits are five-segmented capsules which split open when dry to release the small black seeds.

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