Buchu – the miracle plant of South Africa

The South African plant Buchu has long been known for its medicinal properties. It has been used by the Khoisan people for many centuries, who considered it an elixir of youth. Buchu is a protected plant of the Cape Floristic Kingdom. Do not confuse the South African Buchu with the plant “Indian buchu” (Myrtus communis), which grows in the Mediterranean latitudes and has nothing to do with the subject of this article. Buchu Facts: – All the medicinal properties of Buchu are contained in the leaves of this plant – Buchu was first exported to Great Britain in the 18th century. In Europe, it was called “noble tea”, because only wealthy segments of the population could afford it. There were 8 bales of Buchu on board the Titanic. – One of the varieties (Agathosma betulina) is a low shrub with white or pink flowers. Its leaves contain oil glands that give off a strong fragrance. In the food industry, Buchu is often used to add a blackcurrant flavor to foods. – Since 1970, the production of Buchu oil has been carried out using a steaming process. The Khoisan peoples chewed the leaves, but nowadays Buchu is usually taken as a tea. Cognac is also made from Bucha. Several branches with leaves are soaked in a bottle of cognac and allowed to brew for at least 5 days. For many years, the healing properties of Buchu were not confirmed by any scientific research and were used only by the local population, who knew about the properties of the plant through many years of accumulated experience. In traditional medicine, Buchu has been used to treat many ailments, from arthritis to flatulence to urinary tract infections. According to the Naturology Society of the Cape Kingdom, Buchu is a South African miracle plant with powerful natural anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it has anti-infectious, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, making this plant a natural antibiotic without any side effects. Buchu contains natural antioxidants and bioflavonoids such as quercetin, rutin, hesperidin, diosphenol, vitamins A, B and E. According to Buchu research in Cape Town, it is recommended to use the plant when:

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