Project Description


  • 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.

Odor profile:
Mint and camphor-like

Major Constituents:
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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