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.