The leaves and stems of buchu medicinal herb can be steeped in vinegar and used as compresses

Buchu (Barosma betulina) medicinal herb is a plant that is native to South Africa where the leaves and oil were utilized as medicine by the indigenous people for centuries. 

It may possibly have been primarily topically applied on the skin by these folks and and in addition the leaves are infused in Brandy which they called by the same name and such a funny name indeed.

The common names include, Boegoe, Bucco, Bookoo, Buccu, Bucku, Bukku, Barosma betulina, Diosma, Disoma serratifolia, Long Buch and Short Buch. The medicinal properties are diuretic, tonic, stimulant and diaphoretic.

The main parts used herbal medicine are the leaves and it is of the family, Rutaceae.  The primary constituents of the leaves are mucilage, volatile oil, diosphenol, which possesses potent antiseptic properties.

Health benefits of buchu herb

This medicinal herb is used especially for treating problems in regards to the bladder.  This treatment includes urine infections, gravel, bed wetting, inflammation as well as catarrh.

Furthermore, it is used to treat gas, bowels, upset stomach, as well as poor digestion.

This plant, as mentioned before, has stimulant, antiseptic and diuretic properties.  It is used as a cleanser as well as tonic to the kidneys and mucous membranes of the urinary tract.

This may be used for every infection of the genito-urinary system, which includes cystitis, urethritis and also prostatitis of the prostate.

The essential oil of this medicinal herb, which can be extracted through steaming, is made use of in the productions of flavorings as well as fragrance.

It is used as a stimulant tonic as well as for stomach conditions.  The tonic is free of caffeine and the main parts used are the leaves which are very aromatic.  Some people use them as a body perfume.

It will produce perspiration when the temperature of the tea is warm. It is very beneficial in the initial stages of diabetes as well as leukorrhea.

Herbalists tend to recommend the tea of this medicinal herb to speed up healing process of bruises and wounds.

Also the tea is likewise used as herbal vaginal douche to treat yeast infections which affects most women in the world.  A normal douche pouch may be used or drinking the tea is also effective.


One capsule three times per day with a glass of water is very beneficial or infuse one ounce of the fresh leaves of this medicinal herb to one pint of boiling water and then consume one wineglass of buchu infusion three times per day.

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Updated March 18, 2020


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