Many South Africans grew up with buchu as a folk remedy or ‘boereraat’. However, science is now re-discovering the amazing healing properties of this plant for a wide range of clinical applications, notably as an anti-inflammatory.
Buchu oil is a powerful natural resource which, due to naturally occurring components such as uercetin, rutin, hesperidin, diosmin (bioflavonoids), diosphenol and Vitamins A, B and E yields fantastic results without any harmful side effects.
Buchu is well known to: lower blood pressure, assist in the management of blood sugar levels, great to maintain heart health, works wonders for wound healing and assists in the management of chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, bladder infections and eczema. Buchu is also excellent for detox applications due to its natural diuretic properties.
Fighting inflammation with Buchu
Recent scientific research has shown the amazing results Buchu has in fighting inflammation. It has been shown that Buchu is able to switch off the genes which lead to the release of inflammatory factors from the cells that are involved in inflammation. Those cells that are involved during the acute phase of inflammation are called neutrophils, as well as those which infiltrate the tissue during the chronic inflammatory process.
The neutrophils have to leave the blood circulation in order to migrate into the tissues when a trigger is released by the injured tissues. Buchu is able to prevent this process, thereby preventing the swelling and pain normally felt during this process. In other words, Buchu is able to prevent the onset of inflammation.
If inflammation has already started, Buchu can also help with this by switching off the cells operating during the chronic inflammation phase (called monocytes). The monocytes are activated to release soluble factors and the Buchu actually switches off the genetic code that makes these factors.
Buchu has therefore shown to be a wonderful natural alternative to fight inflammatory conditions such as:
- Arthritis, gout and joint pain
- Skin conditions such as eczema/psoriasis
- Bladder & urinary tract infections
Buchu can be ingested in extract such as tea, water or infused brandy. Or it can topically be applied to problem areas where it is absorbed by the skin. Le Bleu offers a range of products to assist with inflammation.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is intended to inform and is not meant to be medical advice. Please consult your physician relating to your condition before using any new products.