Publications

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Moolla, A., Viljoen, A.M. 2008. ‘Buchu’ - Agathosma betulina and A. crenulata (Rutaceae): A review. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 119, 413–419.

Abstract
South Africa has offered the world two indigenous aromatic plants from which commercially important natural products have been developed: Pelargonium graveolens (and its hybrids) the source of geranium oil and Agathosma betulina, from which ‘Buchu' oil is produced. Despite the historical use of ‘Buchu' and the commercial interest developed around this coveted indigenous resource the (limited) research has not been coherently assembled. This overview aims to unite aspects on the botany, traditional and modern day uses, chemistry and pharmacological data on ‘Buchu' which is undeniably one of South Africa's most renowned botanical assets.



Agathosma betulina | Rutaceae | Buchu | leaf | botanical   - Driefontein, Clanwilliam, South Western Cape, South Africa [2009 © alvaroviljoen.com]