Botanical Name: Barosma betulina
- English: Buchu
- Also, known as: Bukkostrauch, Bucco, Bookoo, Bucko, Diosma betulina
Habitat: South Africa
Origin: South Africa
Parts Used: Leaves
Barosma betulina is an evergreen shrub growing to 1.5-2 m in height. The leaves are of a pale green color, leathery and glossy, opposite, rounded, about 25 mm long and broad. The leaves have a strong aromatic taste and a peppermint-like odor. The flowers are whitish or pale pink, with five petals; the fruit is a five-parted capsule that splits open to release the seeds.
The leaves have a rue-like smell and are used by the natives to perfume their bodies. Buchu leaves are collected while the plant is flowering and fruiting, and are then air-dried in the shade and processed to separate the leaves from the stems.
Buchu has historically been used as a flavoring agent and an herbal remedy. Buchu leaf and Buchu oil are popular as flavor components in alcoholic beverages (brandies and liqueurs), mineral water,
cool drinks, herbal teas and ice teas. The oil is used in the food industry to improve the taste of beverages, sweets and confectionery.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice tray or pop mold.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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