Buchu is an herb native to South Africa.
The scientific name is Barosma Buchu betulina.
This medicinal plant belongs to the family Rutaceae.
This herb is a shrub that reaches 2 m. high.
Its leaves are oval, opposite, and slightly hairy.
All Buchu plant gives off an aroma blend of peppermint and rosemary.
Parts of Buchu used for medicinal purposes are the leaves.
This herb is composed of essential oil, flavonoids, diosfenol, limonene, isomenthone, pulegone, B vitamins, mucilage. Tannins, among other compounds.
Buchu, along with bearberry, is one of the most effective herbs that are known to successfully treat inflammatory diseases of the urinary organs.
This herb is indicated for varicose veins, hemorrhoids, capillary fragility, inflammatory conditions, cystitis, urethritis, urethritis, prostatitis, bronchitis, pharyngitis, hyperuricemia, gout, hypertension, edema, fluid retention.
It is very important not to exceed recommended doses because the Buchu may cause irritation of the urinary tract.
The use of diuretics in the presence of hypertension or heart disease should be done only by prescription and under medical supervision, given the possibility of occurrence of decompensation tension.

Recipes for this herb:

For internal use: you can prepare a tea made with 50 gr. Buchu leaf in a quart of water. Take 3 cups of tea each day. For urethral washings can be used the same infusion

It recommends taking 20 drops of extract of  Buchu (Barosma betulina L.) in a glass of water or juice, 2-3 times per day.

It may take 1 to 2 gr. per day of dried leaves of Buchu.

Infusion, it can take 1 to 2 gr. Buchu for each cup of water 3 times daily.
In dyeing, it may take 2 to 4 ml 3 times daily.

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