Borosma Betulina: Buchu
This herb was a new one for me to learn about in school this past fall and now one of my favourites.
Buchu is native to South Africa and is related to the citrus family, the leaves are the part of the plant used for tea.
It tastes somewhat citrusy with peppermint or spearmint undertones, a hint of gummie bears and a hint of rosemary, and there you have the flavour of Buchu!
This herb works well as a diuretic and a urinary anti-septic. It would be a great herbal addition to your cupboard if you have reoccurring urinary tract infections.
Buchu combines well with Arctostaphylos uva ursi (bearberry), Zea mays (cornsilk) or Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow root) for bladder and urinary problems.
* Remember when you are steeping tea, keep your mug covered with a lid or in a pot for 10 minutes while it steeps so you don't lose any of the medicinal properties.
*Caution: Do not overuse this herb with kidney disease related urinary problems. Not recommended during pregnancy.