Buchu is used to disinfect the urinary tract during infections of the bladder (cystitis), urethra (urethritis), prostate (prostatitis), or kidney (pyelonephritis). It is also used to treat sexually transmitted diseases. In manufacturing, the oil from buchu is used to give a fruit flavor (often black currant) to foods.
What is buchu used to cure?
Buchu is a plant from South Africa. The leaf is used to make medicine. Buchu is used for urinary tract infections (UTIs), including infections involving the urethra (urethritis) and kidneys (pyelonephritis).
What does buchu mean?
1 : the dried leaves of various plants (genera Barosma and Diosma of the family Rutaceae) used as a diuretic and diaphoretic. 2 : a plant that supplies buchu.
Where does buchu grow?
Buchu is endemic to the mountains of the Western Cape in South Africa and is found from Clanwilliam in the north, to Stanford in the south, and east as far as the Outeniqua mountains, in the so-called “fynbos” strip.
How do you care for a buchu plant?
Plants require good watering in winter and moderate watering in summer. Do not allow plants to dry out and avoid cultivating the soil around the roots of these fynbos plants. They are slow-growing plants and should not be planted too close to faster growing plants.