A key tonic, antiseptic, and mild stimulant herb in South African traditional medicine, buchu helps relieve urinary tract infections and gas.
In gravel, inflammation and catarrh of the bladder it is specially useful. The infusion of 1 oz. (28 g) of leaves to 1 pint of boiling water is taken in wineglassful doses three or four times a day.
For a 1:3 tincture is 3–7.5ml a day, or max. 50ml (2 oz) per week.
Take at the manufacturer’s recommended dosage.
Buchu can be grown from seeds. Most Buchus need to be grown in well-drained, coarse, gravelly and deep soil, with full sun and in a frost-free climate.
Harvesting usually occurs during the months of October through May. Buchu leaves that are harvested have to be processed as soon as possible after picking, to maximize the oil yield.