Profile: The evergreen shrub gathosma betulina is native to western South Africa. For ages, indigenous people have employed the extremely scented buchu leaves for their medicinal benefits. Buchu leaf extracts, liqueurs, teas, and topical applications were later included into traditional European herbal remedies.
Buchu is a Rutaceae family plant that is tiny, green, and woody. Buchu was characterized as "roughly the size of a hedgehog" in various late-nineteenth-century sources. The leaves have a strong, peppermint-like perfume that grows stronger as they dry.
Buchu oil is a common ingredient in perfumes, as well as fake fruit tastes, alcoholic beverages, frozen dairy desserts, confectionery, sauces, and relishes. The origins of buchu by South African natives are a little obscure, as buchu is a broad term for aromatic plants in South Africa. Some speculate that it was used as an insect repellent when applied topically.
The dried leaf is commonly used to make tea or medicine. Couchgrass, corn silk, cranberries, cleavers, dandelion, goldenrod, parsley, and/or uva ursi are frequently used in combination. Capsules are quite rare.
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|Shelf Life:||2 Years.|
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