Bochum - Agathosma - Herb
Blending Note: Middle
Main Benefits: insect repellent. Calming,
Properties: Diuretic, Antiseptic, Anti-Rheumatic, Anti-Arthritic, Carminative, Digestive, Insecticide, Tonic
Origin: Western Cape South Africa,
Other Producers: England
The Essential Oil of Buchu is toxic in nature and should be used only in mild doses. It should never be used during pregnancy.
Bottled buchu infusions were widely sold in English-speaking countries as "buchu tea" in the 1860s and 1870s. Although demand declined in the 1880s, consumption has continued to the present day. As of 2012, bottled infusions continue to be prepared from buchu leaves. In addition, traditional buchu tinctures can be prepared by placing leaves and stalks into brandy. "Buchu vinegar", prepared by steeping the leaves and stalks in vinegar, also is a traditional remedy used for example in compresses and also taken internally. Early Dutch settlers used Buchu to make a brandy tincture and Buchu Brandy is still used today to treat many disorders. It was also popular in the 1800s as a hangover cure and in patent medicines for treating coughs and colds. In modern aromatherapy Buchu essential oil is used as a tonic for the immune system, to soothe the digestive system and to treat general infections. It is also an effective insect repellent.
Buchu is one of South Africa's best known medicinal plants and has been used by the indigenous people of the area for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments. Two species of Agathosma in the Western Cape Mountains of South Africa are referred to as "Buchu", are cultivated on a commercial basis for their essential oils. Oils get extracted by steam distillation. The leaves of buchu have traditionally been used as a remedy for ailments of the gastrointestinal and urinary tract.
The essential oil is used in the manufacture of flavourings and perfume. There appear to be differences in people's perceptions of the smell, possibly determined genetically, rather than by familiarity or nurture. Some people find the smell to be repulsive, while most find it pleasantly herbal. This is not particularly unusual in reaction to the smells of many aromatic Karoo shrubs. The Essential Oil of Oval Leaf Buchu or True Buchu is higher in pulegone content than that of Round Leaf Buchu. There are a few other varieties of Buchu that are available in South Africa, but they are not used for medicinal purposes. The essential oils obtained from both varieties of Buchu are toxic in nature and are therefore not generally used in aromatherapy. Furthermore, a great deal of care should be taken while using these oils for internal or external purposes.
Diarrhoea, Urinary tract, Irritable Tummy, Digestive System, Water Retention, Cellulite, Cystitis, Bladder Ailments, Sprains
Vinegar, Tea, Base for Massage