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ESSENTIAL OILS - BUCHU LEAF ESSENTIAL OIL (AGATHOSMA CRENULATA)

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Information submited: 2014-10-08 Modified: 2015-02-16 By: 1
Agathosma crenulata is a flowering plant in the family Rutaceae, native to the lower elevation mountains of southwestern South Africa. Many of the species are highly aromatic, and the genus name means "good fragrance". Some species of the genus are used as herbal remedies.

Botanical Name: Agathosma crenulata

Common Method of Extraction: Steam distilled

Part Typically Used: Fresh or dried leaves

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Perfumery Note: Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma: Black currant like odor. Green minty, buchu-like with sulfureous mango, tropical and berry notes.

Common names include Buchu, Boegoe, Bucco, Bookoo and Diosma. Buchu formally denotes two herbal species, prized for their fragrance and medicinal use.

This evergreen shrub with aromatic leaves forms a charming garden shrub with a rounded shape and grows to a height of 1,5 to 2,5 m. Starry white flowers, 1 to 3, are carried on short, leafless branchlets which form in the axils of the oval leaves. Flowers are 5-petalled, white or occasionally flushed pink. They decorate the shrub for 6-8 weeks between June and November. New shoots have distinctive red-flushed stems.

Agathosma crenulata occurs on damp lower slopes of the mountains of southwestern Cape from Tulbagh to Riversdale. In nature it prefers the middle slopes, particularly on siltier valley or shaly soils and often near water. Natural distribution is Mountain Fynbos.

Agathosma crenulata is commercially grown for their oil. The oil is extracted and used in the manufacture of cosmetics, soaps, food colorants.

Buchu Leaf, is a pure aromatherapy essential oil, produced using wild-crafted plants and traditional methods, from South Africa, obtained from the leaves.
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