Botanical Name: Agathosma betulina Origin: South Africa
Agathosma betulina is an evergreen shrub native to western South Africa. The highly aromatic buchu leaves were used by indigenous people for their healthful properties for centuries. Later adopted into traditional European herbal practices, buchu leaf can be used in extracts, liqueurs, teas, and topical applications.
Buchu is a small, green, woody plant and member of the Rutaceae family. In several reports of the late nineteenth century, buchu was described as "about the size of a hedgehog." The leaves have an incredibly pungent aroma that is similar to peppermint that increases as the leaves are dried.
Buchu oil is widely used in the perfume industry, as well as a component in artificial fruit flavors, alcoholic beverages, frozen dairy desserts, candy, condiments and relishes. The original usage of buchu by the natives of South Africa is somewhat unclear, as the word buchu is a general term in South Africa for aromatic plant. Some have theorized that it may have been applied topically as an insect repellant.
The dried leaf is typically prepared as tea or tincture. Often combined with couchgrass, corn silk, cranberry, cleavers, dandelion, goldenrod, parsley, and/or uva ursi. Seldom found in capsule form.
Precautions Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Use with caution in persons with kidney inflammation. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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