Composition of Buchu
Buchu, with its distinctive sweet, lemony fragrance, is a member of the magnificent and diverse Fynbos floral kingdom. It is unique to South Africa, and grows only in the rich soil on the mountainous slopes of the Western and Southern Cape. It is a valuable source of vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as numerous minerals, antioxidants and disease-preventing flavanoids.
It is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and is a protected plant.
Health benefits of Buchu
Kidneys and Bladder
Buchu is frequently used to treat urinary problems such as incontinence. Used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of urinary problems, buchu treats incontinence and promotes overall bladder health.
Other health benefits of Buchu
This herb is soothing and antiseptic. It has an effective flushing action on the kidneys, and is a great treatment for urinary tract and prostate infections, cystitis, gonorrhea, impotence and low sperm count.
Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a very effective remedy for gout and rheumatism, it prevents hangovers and other symptoms of overindulgence, and was used as the first recorded treatment for cholera.
The Khoisan believed buchu was an elixer of youth and it is widely used today as a general tonic to promote physical wellbeing.
It is a valuable source of vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as numerous minerals, antioxidants and disease-preventing flavanoids.
It has antibacterial, antifungal and antispasmodic properties, and provides relief from premenstrual cramping and bloating.
Buchu is a natural diuretic and has been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration as a natural weight management supplement.
History of Buchu
The ancient wisdom behind Agothosma Betulina, or buchu, has been part of the indigenous culture and heritage of South Africa for centuries.
ts earliest documentation was in 1652, when the Cape’s resident Khoisan pastoralists, or bushmen, introduced the first Dutch colonists to the healing herb.
It was an extremely scarce and expensive commodity in those days – a mere thimbleful could be exchanged for a sheep.
When these same colonists took buchu back to Europe, it was named “Noble’s Tea” because only the exceptionally wealthy could afford it. Eight bales of buchu were on board the Titanic for her disastrous first and only voyage.