The buchu plant is native to South Africa and has been cultivated for many years for the properties within the leaves. It was brought to Europe in the eighteenth century for medicinal purposes. It can also be used on the skin for insect repellent, deodorants and skin infections. Buchu oil is used in foods as a blackcurrant flavouring, and for its fragrance in perfume and cologne.
Buchu is used to treat inflammation, kidney and urinary tract infections as a stomach tonic. It can also be used to treat inflamed prostate, high blood pressure, fever, cough, common cold, upset stomach, stomach ulcer and gout. Used for suffers of cystitis, urethritis, nephritis, catarrh of the bladder. It is diuretic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
WARNING: Side effects may include stomach and kidney irritation and increased menstrual flow. Misuse may cause liver damage. Pregnant women should AVOID the usage of this product. It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional before usage.