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.