Buchu (Agathosma Betulina)

Buchu (Agathosma Betulina)

Buchu, Agathosma betulina
(formerly Barosma betulina) is a flowering plant from the Rutaceae family.

Originated from the lower mountains of West South Africa , where it occurs near streams in fynbos habitats.
It is an evergreen shrub that grows to 2 m (6 ft 7 in) high.

The leaves are opposite, rounded, about 20 mm (0.79 inches) long and wide.

The flowers are white or pale pink, with five petals; The fruit is a five-part capsule that splits open to release the seeds.

The plant has been used by the indigenous people of South Africa as a folk remedy for various ailments.

In early times, Dutch settlers used Agathosma betulina, commonly called buchu, to make a brandy tincture. The tincture is still used.

  • supports the urinary tract
  • supports the bladder
  • helps the moisture management