Buchu : Agothosma Betulina

Plant Family : Rutacea

Note: Middle

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

I first came to know this precious oil when working for a company in South Africa that manufactures a product named Moya. Moya had a fabulous salon/spa Detox Body Wrap which contained Buchu and we achieved many great results with this product.
Buchu has an unusual fragrance somewhat woody with undertones of blackcurrant but proffers a wealth of uses that far outweigh it’s rather pungent smell.
Buchu is traditionally renowned for its uses as a tonic for the digestive system, stemming back as far as the indigenous Khoisan people that inhabited the Cape in the early days. In modern day times it has maintained this medicinal role this has however expanded to include cosmetic applications to its uses.

Properties of Buchu Oil:
  • Anti-septic – protects wounds from becoming septic by microbes, effective as prevention for the colon, prostate and kidneys
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-arthritic – detoxifies  and removes Uric Acid providing relief from Arthritis
  • Diuretic- removes excess unwanted toxins such as uric acid, excess salts , excess water via urination ( frequent , large volumes)
  • Digestive Tonic – removal of gases from the stomach and intestines, fights indigestion and facilitates digestion
  • Detoxifying – can be used to treat cystitis and cellulite
Buchu in cosmetic applications

Buchu is mainly used in body wraps and detoxifying creams and lotions, greatly attributed to its properties of cleansing both the body and the digestive system.
Buchu oil can also be found in preparations that are manufactured to be used as natural insect repellants.
Buchu blends well with Cedar Wood, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Lavender, Jasmine, Ginger, Ylang Ylang , Frankincense , please use with caution and in small doses as Buchu is toxic in nature and should be used sparingly.

Buchu is a blessing from a unique group of plants that only grow in South Africa, in a specific region known as the ‘fynbos’ or fine bush and its heritage continues to thrive.


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