BUCHU LEAF OIL
- Botanical Name: Barosma betulina
- CAS No.: 68650-46-4
- EC No.: 291-047-8
- FEMA No.: 2169
- Flash Point (°C): 66.18
- Refractive Index: 1.4740 to 1.4880 at 20°C
- Specific Gravity: 0.9124 to 0.9570 at 25 °C
- Optical Rotation (°): -10.00 to -29.00
- Color: Yellow to brownish yellow liquid
- Solubility: Soluble in alcohol & organic solvents, insoluble in water
Native to mountainous regions of South Africa, the buchus grow as shrubs with leathery leaves that have oil-glandular dots. Buchu is wild-harvested from the Western Cape area of South Africa.
The leaves have round oil glands and when fresh have a peppermint like odor.
The oil extracted from the buchu leaves having a very strong smell due to which it is often used as an insect repellent.
Mint and camphor-like
Pulegone, Isomenthone, Isopulegone, Menthone, Diosphenols, Limonene, pulegone, iso-pulegone, diosphenol, 4-diosphenol, iso-menthone, and menthone.
~ Buchu oil is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
~ Buchu oil contains limonene, a monoterpene hydrocarbon with anti-inflammatory properties. It is used for a variety of applications such as Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, Anti-Rheumatic & Anti-Arthritic, Carminative, Digestive, Insecticide, and others.
~ Buchu is applied to the skin as an insect repellant, as a deodorant, and for skin infections. Buchu is also an insect repellent, keeping away flies, mosquitoes, fleas, bed bugs, lice, and parasites.
Buchu oil can be used as a massage oil to relieve muscle pain and fatigue, arthritis, cellulite, cystitis. It can be also used as a sun screening agent.
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