Herb of the Day: Buchu


Buchu (Barosma betulina)
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Buchu is a traditional South African remedy, taken as a stimulant, diuretic and greatly aids the digestion. This is one of the best herbs for urinary tract issues. It absorbs excessive uric acid and reduces bladder inflammation. Buchu is also a good herb for the mucous membranes in that it acts as an astringent and disinfectant.
When combined with other herbs, like Uva Ursi, it can be used as a treatment for water retention and urinary tract infections. When taken as a tea, it has been known to help with enlarged prostate and irritation in the membrane of the urethra.
Buchu has a very strong flavor that some people have described as a cross between rosemary and peppermint.

Vitamin content
Flavonoids (diosmin, rutin)
Sulfur compounds
Mucilage

Aids with
Bed wetting, bladder catarrh, cystitis, diabetes, dropsy, gallstones, kidney problems, nephritis, prostate problems, rheumatism, urethritis, yeast infections

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