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Buchu: South Africa's Ancient 'Miracle Herb'.

Indigenous to the Cape region of South Africa, Buchu is an aromatic plant known for its essential-oil producing ability and its multiple healing properties. Known taxonomically as Agathosma betulina and Agathosma crenulata, its traditional benefits have made their way from Africa to the Western world.

The word “Buchu” originated from the Khoi-San people of southern Africa, and was a word used in reference to any plant that could be dried or powdered. Nowadays, the name Buchu refers to the above mentioned Agathosma species. Previously known as Barosma betulia, the name originates from the word Barosma (Greek) meaning “heavy smell” and the word betulina (Latin) which means “birch-like”, a word used in reference to the serrated birch-like appearance of the leaves.

There are 150 Agathosma species that are indigenous to South Africa, and of these, A. betulina and A. crenulata are the more renowned herbs. These are used internationally and locally for a variety of medicinal purposes. We, at Le Naturel celebrate this beautiful, rich indigenous plant by using it in some of our natural skin care products.

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