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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.


Latin Name: Agathosma betulina

Alternate Names: Bucco, Diosma


Parts Used: Leaves.

Properties: Antiseptic, Aromatic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive Tonic, Diuretic, Kidney Tonic, Stimulant, Tonic, Urinary Antiseptic, Uterine Stimulant.

Internal Uses: Bladder Stones, Bloating, Cystitis, Edema, Flatulence, Gonorrhea, Gout, Hypertension, Incontinence, Indigestion, Kidney Inflammation, Kidney Stones, Prostatitis, Pulmonary Edema, Urethritis, Urinary Infections

Internal Applications: Cold infusion, Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
It helps incontinence associated with prostate problems. Buchu aids in the elimination of calculas debris, mucus, and uric acid from the kidneys. It soothes and strengthens the urinary system.

Topical Uses: Bruises, Leukorrhea, Yeast Infection

Topical Applications: Poultice for bruises. Douche for leukorrhea and yeast infections. Leaves mixed with oil as a perfume in Africa.

Culinary uses: Added to cassis to enhance the flavor, as the oil in the leaves tastes like black currants.

Energetics: Bitter, Pungent, Warm, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Essential oil (barosma, camphor, diosphenol, limonene pulegone, menthone), flavonoids (diosmin, hesperidin, quercitin, rutin), mucilage, sulphur.

Contraindications: Avoid during pregnancy and nursing. Avoid during acute urinary tract inflammation.

Comments: Native to South Africa, the word Buchu is from the Hottentot word for the plant, bookoo. The leaves are mixed with oil and used as a perfume in Africa.
The common name Buchu includes the species Agathosma crenulata, which is used interchangeably with Agathosma betulina. The species Agathosma betulina was formerly named Barosma betulina.

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