Buchu is a small, green, woody plant found in western South Africa and Nambia. The plant produces a brown fruit from its small white flowers. The leaves contain the medicinal properties and have a peppermint-like aroma that increases as they are dried.
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History and Traditions & Folklore
Agathosma betulina (buchu) is one of South Africa's best known medicinal plants and has been used by the indigenous peoples of the area for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments. Early Dutch settlers used buchu to make a brandy tincture and Boegoebrandewyn (buchu brandy) is still used today to treat many disorders. It was also popular in the 1800's as a hangover cure and in patent medicines for treating coughs and colds.
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