There’s something about drinking Buchu water that’s completely addictive. For some, the initial taste is an assault on the senses and elicits an immediate reaction of shock.
For other’s the taste is instantly appreciated and palatable. “It’s a bit like drinking nature’s finest distilled whiskey, yet without the alcohol,” says James Kuiper, lymphatic cancer survivor and distributor of Sexy Buchu Detox water. “Once you acquire the taste, you can’t help drinking more.” He admits to being a complete Buchu addict and polishing off up to a bottle a day. “First there’s the minty green aftertaste, no mouthwash or toothbrush leaves your mouth feeling as sexy and fresh. Then there’s the energy – it’s like a rocket boost for your body. Besides that, it’s a strong natural detox, alkalinizes your pH levels, drops anxiety, gives clarity to the brain, prevents hangovers, fixes up creaky joints. It’s a total elixir for life.”
Undisputedly, the benefits are enormous. The converted claim a daily dose is an irreplaceable tonic that provides heightened energy and immeasurable zest, and takes care of countless ailments from urinary infections to muscular strains, inflammation and more.
More than anything we have the Khoisan and their recognition of the multiple value of plants and herbs to thank for this all round medicinal wonder. For hundreds of years, Buchu has been the mainstay of their pharmaceutical lore. Buchu was a daily ritual amongst the Khoisan. It was mixed with fat and applied externally to aid healing, alleviate pain and heal poisoned wounds. It was also rubbed onto new-born babies.
Besides other gems like the Cancer Bush, Wild Garlic, African Potato, Renoster Bush, Elephant’s Foot and Mountain Sage, Buchu is arguably the most potent of them all. It’s packed with bioflavonoids (naturally occurring anti-oxidants) capable of preventing cell destruction by free radicals. It is a valuable source of vitamins A, B, C, and E and numerous minerals.
BENEFITS OF BUCHU
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY – muscular strains and sprains and pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, gout, rheumatism and other joint related diseases
DETOX – flushes out toxins and has a great effect on the kidneys, prevents hangovers and other symptoms of overindulgence and fatigue, treating obesity and water retention
URINARY TRACT – urinary tract infections, cystitis
PROSTRATE – prostate infections, impotence and low sperm count. It also boosts libido
CARDIOVASCULAR – lowers high blood pressure, and promotes a healthy cardiovascular system
INDIGESTION – stabilises bloating, heartburn, stabilizes blood sugar levels
ANTISEPTIC – anti-microbial, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and antispasmodic (helps relieve premenstrual cramping and bloating)
GENERAL TONIC – immunity, coughs and colds, anxiety, fatigue
WOUNDS – external application for bruises and wounds
INSECT REPELLANT – rubbed on skin as a mosquito repellant
The Khoisan believed Buchu was an elixir of youth. They would chew the fresh or dried leaves or make infusions and poultices to heal a wide range of ailments and injuries. It was mixed with animal fat and used as an insect repellent, deodorant and moisturizer.
CAUTION: Buchu is a natural diuretic and can deplete the body’s store of potassium, so when taking larger quantities it’s recommended to increase consumption of potassium-rich foods like bananas, dark green veg, whole grains and fish.
Together with Rooibos and Honeybush tea, Buchu is one of three South African medicinal plants used in international medicine and is recognised by the British Pharmacopoeia as a medicine for ‘cystitis, urethritis, nephritis and catarrh of the bladder’.
You find Buchu in the mountains of Western Cape in South Africa, in the fynbos strip up to Clanwilliam in the north, Stanford in the south, and to the Outeniqua mountains. It needs specific conditions to grow and doesn’t easily grow outside of this habitat. From the more than 130 species of Buchu, two of these are used commercially. Crenulata and Betulina have a high oil content and are the main source of commercially harvested Buchu.