Buchu essential oil is not particularly popular in the world of aromatherapy. That’s because high doses of it can be poisonous to humans due to the presence of toxic compounds in it. However, when used properly and under the supervision of an experienced herbalist, buchu essential oil can actually impress.
This essential oil got its name from the plant that it is from, which is an herb that’s native to South Africa. There are a couple of types of the said herb that can yield the volatile oil, the more popular of the two being the oval leaf buchu or true buchu. Buchu essential oil comes from its leaves, extracted by means of steam distillation.
Folk healers in South Africa have been using buchu, the herb, for so many years now in dealing with a number of health problems, and it doesn’t come as a surprise why the volatile oil obtained from it has various therapeutic properties. It’s also commonly used for dealing with beauty-related issues, and some of them include:
Pimples and Acne
One of the most revered properties of buchu essential oil is its ability to kill off microbes. This is the reason why it may be used as an all-natural remedy for pimples and acne. Applied topically, it can wipe out bacteria causing the infection of clogged up pores, thus putting an end to pimples and acne.
Fungal Skin Infections
Athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch, dandruff — these are just a few examples of fungal infections that may strike the skin. None of them are pleasing because they cause severe skin itchiness and redness, plus they can spread, too. Using buchu essential oil can zap these skin problems because it is very good at dealing with fungi.
Other than causing pain and discomfort, insect bites can also take away your self-confidence as they can cause scars to form. If you are looking for an all-natural way to keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay, place a drop or two of buchu essential oil to your favorite lotion or carrier oil, and then apply on exposed areas of the body.
UV Radiation Damage
The same solution for insects may also be used for shielding the skin from being damaged UV radiation being given off by the sun. If your favorite sunscreen isn’t available, buchu essential oil may be used as a temporary replacement. But take note that the best for the job is high quality sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Some women actually massage buchu essential oil on areas of the body that are prone to developing cellulites — and actually swear that it works effectively! Make sure only small amounts of this volatile oil is used, which have to be diluted with your preferred carrier oil before using for cellulite elimination.
JUST A FEW WORDS OF CAUTION BEFORE YOU START USING IT: Buchu essential oil should be used externally only as it contains certain compounds that can be poisonous especially in large doses. But even if you intend to employ it topically, such should be done in small doses only and under the supervision of an expert. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or diagnosed with a medical condition, refrain from using buchu essential oil in any manner.