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Buchu Leaves Whole

Buchu Leaves

Agathosma betulina

Origin: South Africa
From£119.68 per kg

Agathosma betulina is a flowering plant in the family Rutaceae. Native to the lower elevation mountains of western South Africa, it occurs near streams in ‘fynbos’ habitats, which are diverse areas of shrubland.

Sourced directly from South Africa, our whole buchu leaves are available in different weights to suit your needs. The more you buy, the more you save – take a look at the per 100g prices to find out how much you could save by buying in bulk. Place your order online today – we deliver across the UK.


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History and background

Sourced from the barosma plant, the leaves are known for their leathery texture and aromatic, spicy taste, which is often compared to that of blackcurrants. Otherwise known as buku, bookoo, bucku or bucco, the dried leaves have been used in herbal medicine for centuries.

The first known users of this plant-based ingredient were the Khoikhoi people, who relied on the leaves to help ease the symptoms of a wide variety of different ailments and conditions. It took much longer for the South African remedy to reach British shores; it’s thought that the first exports arrived here in 1790, with the leaves being listed in the British Pharmacopoeia for the first time three decades later.

How to use buchu leaves

The leaves have traditionally been used as a herbal remedy for ailments of the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts, as they have diuretic and antiseptic properties due to the phenolic compounds contained within them.

Bottled agathosma infusions were widely sold in English-speaking countries as ‘buchu tea’ in the 1860s and 1870s, and the British Pharmacopoeia listed the leaves as a treatment for cystitis, urethritis, nephritis and catarrh of the bladder.

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Buchu is a cultural heritage of the San and Khoi tribes of Southern Africa. The leaves were chewed to relieve stomach complaints. It’s thought to treat kidney and urinary tract diseases and potentially offer symptomatic relief for rheumatism. It’s also used for external applications on wounds and diseases.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The leaves have been used to treat a multitude of different ailments over the years. From potentially treating UTIs to kidney infections, stomach ulcers, coughs, fevers and even high blood pressure, it’s thought that these humble leaves have a lot to offer the human body.

They are dried leaves from the barosma plant, agathosma betulina, which is native to South Africa.

The leaf of the buchu plant mixes the herbal flavours of peppermint and rosemary with blackcurrant.