buchu


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bu·chu

 (bo͞o′ko͞o, byo͞o′kyo͞o)
n.
Any of various southern African shrubs of the genus Agathosma, especially A. betulina and A. crenulata, whose leaves are used as a mild diuretic and also yield an aromatic oil used for flavoring.

[Afrikaans boegoe, probably from Zulu bucu, perhaps ultimately of Khoikhoi origin.]

buchu

(ˈbuːkuː)
n
(Plants) any of several S African rutaceous shrubs of the genus Barosma, esp B. betulina, whose leaves are used as an antiseptic and diuretic
[C18: from a South African Bantu name]
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The informant's fourfold repetition of the word sa may suggest that much buchu was used.
In attracting these predators, the fynbos and buchu growing near the vineyards act as a form of natural pesticide, limiting the need to use chemical applications for mealybug control.
Buchu, the small-leafed bush traditionally used by the Khoikhoi as a cure-all tea, is now enjoying a renewed appreciation for its aromatic properties which Tempelhoff describes as eucalyptus and blackcurrant.
Christopher Low provides another example, examining how Europeans appropriated and transformed buchu (used by the Khoisan people of southern Africa), while often failing to understand indigenous perspectives on this medicinal plant.
From there he also derives the deodorising habit of sprinkling ground buchu in the armpits, which Outa Karel had maintained was a Hottentot custom.
Since his stock of vinegar had run low, Burchell made the next batch of buchu infusion in brandy, 'which faster disappeared than could be accounted for by the wants of my patient'.
Beautifully boxed, it contains a clear travel bag; a Re-charge Black Pepper Bodywash - 100ml; a Cool Buchu Bodywash - 100ml; a Deep-clean Mineral Ions Facewash - 30ml; Conditioning Olibanum Supershave - 30ml; an Ultra Light Bai Ji Hydrator - 30ml; one Protecting Vitamin Lipsaver - 7ml, and a Cool Buchu Eau de Toilette - 5ml.
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Buchu (Barmosa betulina) - In South Africa, Buchu is used as a general tonic and medicine, specifically for stomach problems, rheumatism and bladder problems.
Low, 'Different histories of buchu: Euro-American appropriations of San and Khoekhoe knowledge of buchu plants', Environment and History, 13(3) (2007): 333-61.
THE INHIBITORY EFFECTS OF BUCHU LEAF AND GREEN TEAN ON ENTEROCOCCU AND VRE 22.