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.
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.
Health Benefits of Buchu
• Antiseptic & Anti-Fungal
• Anti-inflammatory & Antibacterial
• Caffeine free
• Sugar free
• Lowers blood pressure (Assists with Hypertension)
• Lowers blood sugar (Assists with Diabetes)
• Natural diuretic
• Assists with joint pains including: Rheumatism / Arthritis / Gout
• Assists with Urinary Tract/Bladder/Prostate infections
• Helps with Kidney disorders
• Can assists with Eczema and Skin disorders
• Relieves itching from allergy reactions and insect bites
• Natural insect repellent
• Can assists with Asthma
• Promotes Cardiovascular Function
• Powerful Antioxidant
• Natural Antihistamine
• Natural antiviral
• Contains Bioflavonoid
Rooibos is a natural herb grown only in South Africa, being endemic to the Cederberg Region of the Western Cape province. Its leaves have been used traditionally by the locals to make a refreshing brew, which became known as Rooibos Tea. The name Rooibos (red bush) is derived from the reddish colour of the fermented leaves.
Rooibos Tea is caffeine-free and low in tannins and contains abundant anti-oxidants. It has established itself worldwide as a popular health-promoting alternative for coffee and tea.
Alternatives for Rooibos Tea in its regular form, include various flavoured or blended teas, and recent product innovations such as an espresso format and Green Rooibos Tea. The latter consists of unfermented Rooibos, lighter in colour and with even higher levels of antioxidants than regular Rooibos Tea.
Rooibos is also extensively used in skincare and household products.
Health Benefits of Rooibos
• Contains Antioxidants
• Naturally Caffeine-free
• Naturally sugar-free
• Assists with Colic in infants
• Contains Cancer-fighting properties
• Promotes heart health
• Assists with Diabetes
• Low amount of Tannin
• Immune booster
• Can assist in soothing skin allergies
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), a member of the legume family of plants (Fabaceae), is endemic to the mountains of the Cederberg Range in South Africa.
As a Fynbos species, it forms part of the natural vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest and richest of the world's floral kingdoms, and the only one that is confined to a single country.
The plant is a shrub-like bush with green needle-like leaves and can grow up to a height of 2m. Yellow flowers appear in spring, and the fruit is a small pod with one or two hard seeds.