Buchu Leaf Powder

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Buchu is a small shrub native to South Africa. The leaves have a fragrance similar to peppermint, the strength of which increases when dried.

The powdered leaf is used to make infusions and tinctures for topical use, including perfumes.

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approximate cups to one pound4
originsouth america
active compoundstannins, mucilage, flavonoids (rutin, diosmetin, diosmin, hesperidin, quercetin) and volatile oils (limonene, menthone, pulegone)
plant part usedleaf
why buy powdered buchu leaf?buchu leaf is fragrant and versatile.

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a sealed container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaPale green in color with a minty scent.


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cosmeticTincture or infuse in oil for use in salves, balms and lotions.
culinaryAdd to tea blends, syrups, candies and lozenges.
aromaticHas a strong aroma, somewhat like rue, peppermint or pennyroyal but more pungent.
industrialBuchu leaf is used in perfumery and as a food flavoring.

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flavor profile

buchu leaf

The flavor of buchu leaf is described as minty with a hint of rosemary flavor.

culinary companions

Blends well with citrusy herbs and dried fruit peels.


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what else you should know

buchu leaf

The Khoikhoi, one of three native tribes of South Africa, used buchu leaf internally as a stimulant tonic and externally to perfume their skin. Dutch settlers learned how to use buchu from the Khoikhoi and eventually developed a buchu brandy called Boegoebrandewyn that doubled as a patent medicine in the 1800s.

Background: The plant originated in a limited region of southern Africa, where it was traditionally used by the Hottentots who called it Bookoo or Buku and used it for anointing their bodies. 

Description: The official buchu leaves are derived from plants described as slender, smooth, perennial shrubs, having twiggy somewhat angular branches of a purplish-brown color, and reach a height of from 2 to 3 feet. The flowers are white or pinkish. The leaves are opposite or nearly so and are almost sessile, or, at best, having but a very short petiole. Five upright carpels, each containing a single oblong, shining black seed, comprise the fruit. The leaves are collected while the plant is flowering. The leaves are conspicuously marked with oil glands appearing as pellucid spots. Buchu leaves have a strong odor, resembling somewhat that of pennyroyal, and a corresponding taste. The underside of the leaves contain scattered glandular oil-points, when held up to the light translucent dots can be observed. The odor and taste are strongly aromatic, mint-like pungent and bitter.

Safety: There is no negative information available for this herb. No known medical conditions preclude the use of Buchu. Consult your health care provider before use.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.