The Hottentots of South Africa already knew about buchu leaf benefits before the arrival of the Europeans. Its excellent virtues to combat urinary organ inflammation have led it to become spread worldwide. Today, buchu leaves benefits can be found used by many herbalists and in many phytotherapeutic preparations.
Buchu Leaves Scientific Facts
- Other names – Bucku.
- French – Buchu.
- Spanish – Buchu.
- Environment – Native to South Africa and grown in South America, this plant is known in Europe.
- Description – Shrub of the Rutaceae family, growing up to two meters high, with opposite, oval-shaped, slightly haired leaves. The whole plant has an aroma resembling a mixture of peppermint and rosemary.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally – The leaves.
The buchu leaves contain an essential oil (diospherol), its most crucial active component. It acts as:
- Urinary antiseptic.
- Genital and urinary organs anti-inflammatory, especially of urine, bladder, and prostate.
The buchu leaves and bearberry are among the most effective plants known to successfully fight inflammation diseases of the urinary organs. It is especially recommended in the following cases:
- Pyelonephritis (inflammation of the renal pelvis and kidneys).
- Cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder): it alleviates the pain and burning felt when urinating with great success.
- Urethritis (inflammation of the urethra), whether or not it is caused by sexually transmitted germs (blennorrhagia). It regenerates the urinary mucosa and makes discomfort disappear. It is useful both taken in infusion and applied in urethral cleansing.
How to use Buchu Leaves
- Buchu tea with around 50 g of leaves per liter of water. Drink three cups a day.
- Urethral washings with the same infusion used internally in the case of urethritis.
Other Baromosa Species
In southern Africa, there are other species of the genus Baromosa, other than buchu (Baromosa betulina), such as Baromosa crenulate (L.) Hook, and Baromosa serratifolia (Curtis) Wild. These are shrubs with a similar appearance, which sometimes are cultivated, and whose leaves have the same medicinal properties.
Where to Buy Buchu Leaves
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 567. Print.