Plant Profile: Buchu

(Agathosma betulina)


Energetics: Warming. Stimulating.

Taste: Pungent.

Tissue States:

Systems Affected: Bladder. Stomach. Lungs. 

Parts Used: Leaves

Key Components: 2.5% volatile oils (diosphenol, limonene, menthone). Flavonoids (rutin). Mucilage. Resin.

Preparations & dosage: Standard Infusion. Leaves steeped for 10 minutes. Tincture. 

Foundational: Aromatic. Stimulant. 
Primary: Carminative. Diaphoretic. 
Secondary: Antiseptic (urinary tract)

  • Like most diuretics works better if taken as a cool water infusion. 
  • Taken warm is a warming & stimulating diaphoretic. 
  • Painful & burning urination. 
  • Cystitis
  • Urethritis
  • Prostatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Specific when there is excess uric acid in urine. 
  • Can also be beneficial with excess uric acid in joints.
  • Edema from lack of tone & depression of kidney function. 

Combines Well With:
Cystitis: Yarrow or couchgrass. 
Burning urination: Marshmallow or Cornsilk.
The Way of Herbs: Michael Tierra. Pg 103-104
The Complete Herbs Sourcebook: David Hoffman. Pg 229
The Earthwise Herbal: Volume 1: Matthew Wood. Pg 129-131