Buchu Leaf (Barosma serratifolia)


Buchu oil is widely used in the perfume industry, as well as a component in artificial fruit flavors, alcoholic beverages, frozen dairy desserts, candy, condiments and relishes.

Buchu is an evergreen, flowering shrub that s indigenous to South Africa. It forms part of the Cape s fynbos plant kingdom. The leaves of the buchu plant are a fantastic source of minerals, anti-oxidants, flavonoids and vitamins.

Today buchu is hugely popular for its healing properties and unique flavour. However, knowledge of this plant is far from new to the human race. The use of buchu was first documented by the Dutch colonists in Cape Town as far back as 1652, and prior to that the indigenous Khoisan people used it for its medicinal and anti-ageing properties. By the 1800s, buchu tea was in demand around the world for its healthful properties.

Buchu was even used during the Crimean and First World Wars as an antiseptic to clean battlefield wounds.