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Barosma betulina. N.O. Rutaceae.

Habitat ► South Africa, from where the leaves are imported.

Features ► Three varieties of Buchu leaves are used therapeutic-ally ► (1) Barosma betulina or Round Buchu are rhomboid-obovate in form with blunt, recurved apex, and are preferred to either (2) Barosma crenulata or oval Buchu. the apex of which leaf is not recurved; or (3) Barosma serratifolia or long Buchu, named from its distinctive, serrate-edged leaf and truncate apex.

Part used ► Leaves.

Action ► Diuretic, diaphoretic, stimulant ►

Complaints of the urinary system, especially gravel and inflammation or catarrh of the bladder. Infusion of 1 ounce leaves to 1 pint water three or four times daily in wineglass doses.

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