Antimicrobial and fragrant
Buchu oil has a strong blackcurrant and minty scent and is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Buchu is a small evergreen shrub with small white, star-like flowers and brown fruits. Like citrus, it belongs to the Rutaceae family and is native to South Africa.
The oil is extracted by steam distillation from its small fragrant leaves. It is known as a traditional insect repellent due to its sharp scent.