The Medicinal Plant: Buchu
Buchu is considered an extremely safe herb which contains "barosma camphor" and
other volatile oils which account for its mild anti-septic activity. Buchu is an effective
medicinal herbal product. Buchu imparts a pleasant peppermint-like flavour. The
Hottentots (San) used it to perfume their bodies.
Buchu is a small shrub indigenous to the Cedarberg region of the Western Cape of
South Africa. The plant thrives on the cool mountain slopes at high altitudes. The dried
leaves have long been used in Africa as a folk remedy for many known afflictions.
It became official medicine after 1821 in Britain and has been used as a remedy for
cystitis and bladder problems.
The health benefits using Buchu
Buchu has diuretic and antiseptic benefits. It assists in the treatment of chronic urinary
tract disorders such as inflammation of the urethra, blood in the urine, bladder
infections and cystitis. It also assists in the treatment of kidney stones - promotes the
relief of rheumatism.
buchu herbal products should not be used by pregnant women and young children.
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