Buchu Leaf Profile
Also known as
Agathosma betulina, Bookoo, Buku, Diosma, Bucko, Bucco; Round Buchu (A.betulina), long Buchu (A.crenulata) Barosma betulina
Buchu is a small, green, woody plant found in western South Africa. 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.
Diosphenol (the antimicrobial component), mucilages (the soothing component), diosmin, pugelone.
Dried leaf and small flowers.
Teas and tinctures. Often combined with couchgrass, corn silk, cranberry, cleavers, dandelion, goldenrod, parsley, and/or uva ursi. Seldom found in capsule form.
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 primary action of the herb is antimicrobial.
One of the constituents of Buchu, pulegone, is also a constituent of pennyroyal, and therefore extreme caution should be taken if pregnant or nursing. Its long term use is not recommended and you should consult with your practitioner first if you suffer from kidney or liver disorders before using this product.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.