Buchu Fact Sheet

(Agathosma spp)


The leaves of this small South African shrub are often used to increase the production of urine. It is also used to treat urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Buchu has a mint like smell and taste.

How It May Benefit You...

  • bloating caused by premenstrual syndrome, genital and urinary tract disorders.

  • kidney stones

  • urinary tract infections and other disorders of the urinary tract

  • prostate disorders

  • rheumatism

  • diuretic

  • high blood pressure - always stay on conventional medicine as well.

  • reduces inflammation of the colon, gums, sinuses and vagina

  • aids diabetes


Stomach upset or diarrhoea. Because of the diuretic effect of buchu, be sure to consume potassium rich foods while taking this herb such as bananas and fresh vegetables.

Speak with your doctor if you are pregnant, before taking buchu or any other diuretic.

Avoid Buchu if you have a history of kidney disease.

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.


You can obtain Buchu dried and as a tincture.