Buchu herb (Barosma betulina)
Avoid when pregnant or breastfeeding unless under professional supervision. Some people prefer not to take Buchu on an empty stomach.
Common name: Buchu
Part used: Leaf
Habitat: Native to lower altitudes of mountains in western South Africa, Bucbu is a large evergreen shrub rowing to 2m tall. The leaves have numerous oil glands and have a distinctive sweet aroma. Sadly wild plants are being over harvested and global recognition of the traditional uses of this plant grows. Cultivated Buchu is preferred to protect the sustainability of this plant.
Constituents: Essential oil and flavonoids
Actions: Mild diuretic, urinary antiseptic
Traditional and current uses:
• Urinary tract infections, cystitis, dysuria and urethritis
• Prevention of recurrent cystitis
• Acute prostatitis, chronic prostatitis
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