The word buchu may not be familiar to you, but this herb has a number of traditional and modern applications for your health.
What is Buchu?
This native African flowering shrub is recognizable by its oily-looking leaves and small, star-shaped flowers of pink or white. This plant grows wild only in South Africa, where it has been used as an tea made from its leaves is strongly aromatic, with notes of rosemary and peppermint.and in traditional medicine for centuries, while the
Let us take a look at its many amazing health benefits.
- It is a diuretic, making it popular for treating urinary tract infections (UTI) and kidney infections.
- It can also be taken orally to treat sexually transmitted diseases, flush prostate infections and reduce gout.
- Two of the key found in buchu leaves are diosmin and hesperidin. They are effective in treating .
- Hesperidin has also been found to be effective in treating .
- In traditional African medicine, this herb is used to treat impotence and low sperm count.
- It is even a popular treatment for high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. syndrome, as it can relieve bloating, particularly the types of bloating caused by
- It is rich in .
- The high concentration of bioflavonoids may prevent the oxidation of .
- Because this plant acts as a stimulant, as well as a diuretic and anti-hangovers. , it is particularly touted for alleviating
- A natural healing eczema and psoriasis. cream or lotion containing buchu is commonly used for
- It is believed that the active ingredients in the herb can actually switch off monocytes that cause tissue damage from diseases stimulated by inflammation, like arthritis and , and protect muscles from exercise-related damage.
Let us take a look at its uses.
- Buchu is drunk as a tea made from the leaves, but it is also used as an extract and tincture.
- Buchu can be made into a very popular medicinal brandy, which is both delicious and effective.
Word of Caution: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid taking this herb, as it may cause dangerous menstrual bleeding. Buchu may also interact with certain medicines to cause bleeding. If taken in excess, buchu may irritate the stomach and kidneys, or cause liver damage, in serious cases.