Definition of buchu in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌkuː


  • 1A heather-like South African shrub which is cultivated for its essential oil and as an ornamental.
    • Genus Agathosma (or Barosma) and Diosma, family Rutaceae
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    • In the Western Cape you have serious problems with the removal of buchu.
    • People also hunt for ferns, orchids, arum lilies and buchu.
    • Companion plants that look good with the dwarf coral tree include Helichrysum cymosum, buchu, crocosmia and the blombos
  • 1.1 [mass noun] A diuretic drug made from the powdered leaves of the buchu.
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    • Uva ursi and buchu Leaf are said to have diuretic, antiseptic and astringent properties, while Counchgrass is a soothing diuretic specific to cystitis.
    • Uva ursi, juniper berry, and buchu leaf all cause the body to lose water.
    • Precaution: If you have kidney problems such as pain while urinating, blood in your urine do not take Buchu.


mid 18th century: from Khoikhoi.

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