The health benefits of Buchu tea have been well-known for centuries among the tribes in southern Africa as being especially effective for urinary tract infections. Buchu has diuretic, antispasmodic, tonic, antibacterial and stimulant properties.
Buchu is a small green, woody plant that is native to South Africa. It has smooth, thick leaves that have the pungent aroma and fragrance of peppermint and black currant.
Also known by its official name of barosma betulina, buchu is grown for medicinal purposes. Buchu has been cited by the Complete German Commission E Monographs for its healing properties on the kidney, urinary tract and bladder. Buchu is also combined with other herbs to treat coughs, colds and to alleviate hangovers.
Among the active constituents of buchu are the anti-microbial Diosphenol, the soothing mucilages, diosmin and pugelone.
The health benefits of buchu can be derived through an infusion of the buchu leaves, or as tincture. Buchu tea can be made by immersing 2 teaspoons of dried buchu leaves into 18 ounces of boiling water. Let the mixture soak for about 10 minutes then drink. Drinking the tea can be repeated thrice a day when sick.
Due to the pleasant taste and aroma of the herb, buchu tea is among the infusions that are a treat to consume.
The following are some health benefits attributed to Buchu tea:
- May help in clearing urinary tract infection. It is said that buchu releases anti-bacterial oils that pass through the bladder and the urethra that destroy the bacterias and instantly cleanses the urinary tract.
- May help in treatment of certain prostate disorders.
- May help regulate blood sugar.
- May help lower blood pressure.
- May be helpful in proper digestion. The herb may help in eliminating flatulence and bloating due to its ability to reduce gas in the stomach.
- May be helpful in reducing inflammation, tightness and swelling of the joints. As such, buchu tea may be a handy treatment against arthritis.