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HISTORY

The indigenous inhabitants of the Cape used Buchu as a tea for various internal ailments or the leaves put on cuts or burns. It was also powdered and mixed with animal fat to anoint their bodies + ward off insects.

In 1821 Buchu was officially registered in the British Pharmacopoeia as a diuretic. In the late 1800ís leaves were dried and baled and exported to Europe and America. Buchu was first distilled in South Africa by the Chicken Family for its essential oil +1968. The first commercial plantations were planted in the Piketberg region +1955.

There are currently 5 large distillers and each year sees many new plantations and large expansions to existing plantations.