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Buchu Leaf

  • Agathosma betulina
  • Origin: South Africa
Buchu Leaf


Common Name

Standardized: buchu
Other: round buchu, short buchu

Botanical Name

Agathosma betulina (P.J. Bergius) Pillans
Plant Family: Rutaceae


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.

Parts Used

Dried leaf and small flowers.

Typical Preparations

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.


Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Use with caution in persons with kidney inflammation.
General: 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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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.