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Buchu has a long history as a medicinal herb in the Cape region of South Africa. It was used by the indigenous Khoisan for centuries who believed it to be an elixir of youth. The word “Buchu” originated from the Khoi-San people and was a word used to reference any plant that could be dried or powdered. It is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and is a protected plant.
The kind of Buchu that is mostly used for medicinal purposes is Agathosma Betulina. All kinds of Buchu are part of the Rutaceae family, which is the same family as citrus fruits. Buchu was first exported to Britain in the eighteenth century. In Europe, it was called “nobles tea” because only the wealthy could afford it. Buchu has a long history of being used as an antiseptic, an anti-inflammatory agent, for urinary problems, and possible infections of the bladder, prostate and urethra.
Buchu can also be applied to the skin as an insect repellant, as a deodorant, and for skin infections.
The energetic and taste of Buchu are bitter, sharp, spicy, cooling and drying. It has an affinity toward the kidneys, bladder, reproductive system, digestive system, joints and muscles. For urinary system support combine Buchu with Couchgrass, Hydrangea Root or Goldenrod.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Buchu Leaf to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
Use with caution in persons with kidney inflammation.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider before the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.