BUCHU

BUCHU: “South African Water Pill”

Blood Pressure, Congestive Heart Failure, Premenstrual Syndrome, Urinary Tract Infection

Also Known As: Bookoo, Bucco, Bucku and Buku

HISTORY:

This plant comes from Southern Africa and is used for herbal healing. The leaves grow up to 5 feet in length and contain oils that increases urine production. The natives now called Namibia in South Africa use buchu for urinary problems. They have used this herb long before they ever had any contact with Europeans.

PREPARATION:

  • Infusion:

Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried crumbled leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 to 20 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups daily. Buchu has a mini aroma and a pleasant minty taste.

  • Tincture:

Take about one half to a teaspoon up to 3 times daily.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

For relief and bloating due to PMS or urinary tract infection, try an infusion or tincture.

  • Infusion:

Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried crumbled up leaves to one cup of boiling water. Steep 10 to 20 minutes. May drink up to 3 cups daily.

  • Tincture:

Tale one half to 1 teaspoon up to 3 times daily.

SAFETY:

Pregnant women should not take diuretics without consulting their doctor. The FDA considers this herb as safe with no harmful effects.