FARMING PRACTICE |
ESSENTIAL OILS |
COMMERCIAL USES |
PHOTO GALLERY |
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
In 1821 Buchu was officially registered in the British Pharmacopoeia as a
In the late 1800ís leaves were dried and baled and exported to Europe and
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