Buchu Essential Oil (Agathosma betulina)
Buchu (Diosphenol or Pulegone) may also be referred to as Boegoe, Bucco, Bookoo and Diosma, Barosmabetulina.
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. Buchu is a heath-type shrub that grows to one meter in height. It shares the Rutaceae family with celebrated citrus trees: lemon, orange, and bitter orange. What makes buchu so unique is its roots, which grow tightly against rocks to collect moisture. The star-shaped flowers may be white, pink, or purple. The rounded, evergreen, aromatic leaves are the morphological feature that led the plant’s being dubbed “round-leaf buchu” or “short buchu.” These leaves have many pockets secreting the essential oil. These pockets form translucent dots on the limb when the leaves are viewed in the light. The foliage is cut during flowering and fruiting and is distilled. Buchu essential oil, with a fragrance reminiscent of blackcurrant buds, is herbaceous, sulfureous, and oily. It also has a minty note evocative of the fresh fragrance of various mints.
- Aroma Description:
- Taste Description: Green minty camphoreous phenolic sulfurous black currant bud tropical mango peach
- Common Name(s): Boegoe, Bucco, Bookoo and Diosma, Barosmabetulina
Synonyms(s) for Agathosma betulina: Barosma betulina, Barosma orbicularis, Bucco betulina, Diosma betulina, Hartogia betulina, Parapetalifera betulina
- Botanical Family: Rutaceae
- Botanical Genus: Agathosma
- Perfumery Note: Strong
- Consistency: Medium
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
- Color: Clear to greenish to pale yellow
- Indigenous Country: South Africa
- Part Typically Used: Leaves
[NE] Not Evaluated
- Not recommended or safe if pregnant or nursing
- Not recommend or safe for children
Buchu (Diosphenol or Pulegone) Blends:
Cedarwood, Atlas Cedarwood, Virginian Ginger Grapefruit Jasmine Lemon Lime Mandarin Orange, Sweet Patchouli Sandalwood Ylang Ylang
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using Buchu (Diosphenol or Pulegone):
Safety Precautions for Buchu (Diosphenol or Pulegone):
Avoid Buchu (Diosphenol or Pulegone) if:
Pregnant or Breastfeeding
Traditional Folklore of Buchu (Diosphenol or Pulegone):
The Buchu plant has been used by the indigenous people of South Africa as a folk remedy for various disorders, including urinary tract infections. Dutch settlers in early times used Agathosma betulina commonly called buchu to make a brandy tincture that is still used today.
Buchu (Diosphenol or Pulegone) Articles or Publications:
- PubMed: Micro-particle-induced X-ray emission mapping of elemental distribution in roots of a Mediterranean-type sclerophyll, Agathosma betulina (Berg.) Pillans, colonized by Cryptococcus laurentii.
- PubMed: Evidence of symbiosis between the soil yeast Cryptococcus laurentii and a sclerophyllous medicinal shrub, Agathosma betulina (Berg.) Pillans.
- PubMed: 'Buchu' -Agathosma betulina and Agathosma crenulata (Rutaceae): a review.
- PubMed: A broad review of commercially important southern African medicinal plants.
- PubMed: Buchu (Agathosma betulina and A. crenulata, Rutaceae) essential oils: their pharmacological action on guinea-pig ileum and antimicrobial activity on microorganisms.