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Buchu essential oil

January 15, 2021 0 Comments


Agathosma betulina

Botanical Properties

Origin and history

Originally from South Africa, the buchu would have antiseptic and diuretic properties. The aborigines used it, among other things, to treat urinary tract infections, rheumatism, gout and digestive disorders.

It has also been used to repel insects, but also to scent the body, for centuries.

Imported into England, Buchu was used in the manufacture of eaux-de-vie (brandy) and certain wines, for its particular aroma reminiscent of Mint.

Buchu essential oil is rare, it is very interesting in cases of asthmatic bronchitis thanks to its mucolytic and anticatarrhal properties. Diuretic and slightly anti-inflammatory, it is also used in cases of disorders of the urinary sphere.

Organoleptic properties

Appearance: Clear mobile liquid

Color: Pale yellow to dark yellow, even brown

Odor: minty

Distilled parts: Flowering tops

Country of origin: South Africa

Density: 0.91 to 0.95




At low dose:

Stimulant, stomachic

At higher doses:

Anti-catarrhal and mucolytic


Urinary insufficiency, renal lithiasis

Asthmatic bronchitis

To ward off insects

Be careful, its high ketone content requires it to be used with caution.


In case of bronchial catarrh, diluted in an HV, in massage of the thorax and the upper back.

Pleasant to diffuse, Buchu essential oil is also known to ward off insects.

Possible synergies

Associated with the HE of khella, it will help relieve asthmatic bronchitis.

Energetic values ​​and synergies

- Negative


Flammable. Oral use on medical advice. Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. Not recommended for children under 3 and pregnant or breastfeeding women. Do not apply to the skin before sun exposure. Food use possible. Do not use pure on the skin.

- Neurotoxic and abortive

- Not recommended for pregnant, breastfeeding, babies and children under 12 years old.


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