Buchu Essential Oil


Buchu Essential oil can be used to treat urinary tract infections, prostate problems, bloating, irregular menstruation and PMS. It is both a stimulant and strong diuretic. It is an antiseptic, and a cleansing herb which increases perspiration. Furthermore, it is used in the symptomatic relief of rheumatism and to decrease inflammation of the mucous membranes, colon and gums.

Instructions for Use

Traditionally tinctures were made by steeping leaves and stalks in brandy and used to treat bruises and sprains. Buchu vinegar is used in compresses, and can be taken internally. It is not traditionally used in aromatherapy due to its toxicity.

History and Additional Information

In the 1860s and 1870s bottled agathosma infusions and sold them in many English-speaking countries under the name “buchu tea”. Demand declined in the 1880s, but the product is still consumed today.

Buchu oil is made as a tincture, extract or oleoresin, mainly for pharmaceutical use. buchu is proclaimed as the most valuable medicinal plant in South Africa, and buchu essential oil benefits and uses have been documented since the 19th century. Modern research continues to uncover the benefits of buchu.


  • Latin/Botanical Name: Agathosmabetulina and Agathosmacrenulata.
  • Other Names: Boegoe, Bucco, Bookoo and Diosma, Barosmabetulina
  • Family: Rutaceae
  • Part of Plant Used: leaves
  • Place of Origin: South Africa


  • Odor/Fragrance: strong black currant smell, minty, fruity
  • Color: clear to greenish to pale yellow
  • Aroma Strength: Strong
  • Consistency: medium
  • Note: Strong

Blending Suggestions: buchu is often combined with cranberry, ylang-ylang, ginger, jasmine, rosewood, cedarwood, palmarosa, patchouli, citrus oils, and sandalwood.

Safety Precautions for this Essential Oil: The oil should not be used in aromatherapy because its high pulegone makes it toxic in nature. If you have kidney problems, avoid this essential oil.

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