Botanical Name: Agathosma capensis
Plant Part: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: Native to South Africa, this heath-like evergreen, aromatic shrub has simple wrinkled leaves about 1 cm (0.5 inch) long. It has conspicuous oil glands that release a strong, blackcurrant-like aroma. The delicate stem bears five-petal white flowers with purple anthers that appear in the spring.
Color: Slight greenish to pale yellow clear liquid.
Common Uses: Buchu Essential Oil has an antiseptic action on the urinary system and is beneficial to inflammation of the urethra, cystitis, mild prostatitis, and other bladder problems. It has anti-inflammatory properties, aiding conditions such as rheumatism, arthritis and sprains.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends well with: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rosewood, Sandalwood and Ylang-ylang.
Aromatic Scent: Buchu oil has a distinctive scent that is described as minty and fruity.
History: The indigenous people first introduced buchu as a medicinal plant to the European settlers at the Cape. The use of the plant subsequently spread to Europe and America where it was used extensively as a medicine. In 1821 buchu was included in the British Pharmacopoeia as a diuretic. Very little buchu is cultivated; most of the world’s supply is obtained from bushes that grow wild in the Cedarberg Mountains of South Africa.
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