At Shongweni Market we have a lot of overseas visitors asking to buy a truly South African herb. Buchu (boegoe)Agathasoma betulina is one we often suggest. It is found mostly in the Western Cape. It is part of the heritage of the San and the Khoi people.

The Dutch settlers steeped the leaves in brandy and made a tincture out of it that was used for stomach complaints. Buchu vinegar was used to clean and wash wounds. Many South Africans use it for kidney and urinary tract problems as it is a mild urinary antiseptic, as well as useful for inflammation.

So we have a truly South African herb to be proud of and offer to visitors  from other parts of the world.

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