Information on Buchu

Latin NameBarosma betulina
Other NamesBarosma
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTinctures, capsules, bulk herb.
AffectsUrinary system
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy, as it
contains pulegone, an essential oil component also found in pennyroyal. Also contraindicated in conditions involving kidney inflammation.
Botanical InfoA low-growing shrub in the citrus family with pleasantly-aromatic leaves that are finely-toothed at the margin.
DescriptionBuchu leaves primarily benefit the urinary system, acting as a mild cleansing stimulant, stimulating tonic, and disinfectant and are used for irritated or weak bladder, bladder infections, incontinence, and bedwetting. Buchu assists in removing mucus from the kidneys and bladder and may be useful for prostate irritation with difficult urination in combination with saw palmetto or other herbs.

Buchu has a taste of PUNGENT, AROMATIC and a temperature of WARM.


Infusion1/2-1 cup 3-4 x daily
Tincture2 droppersful 3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Buchu

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Bladder, irritatedurinary tract tonictea, tincture, capsule
Bladder, weakurinary tract tonictea, tincture, capsule
Bladder infectionurinary antiseptic, tonictincture, capsules, tea


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