Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

    Barosma crenata

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    barosma crenulata, Linn.

    Etymology

    No definitions are available for Barosma.

    Family

    Traditional name

    English: Oval Buchu; French: Feuilles de Bucco; German: Bukublater.
    Italiano: bucco.
    Other Common Names: Bookoo, Bucco, Bucku, Short Buchu, Agathosma betulina, Barosma Betulina, Barosma Crenulata, Diosma betulina.

    Used parts

    Classification

    Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Rosiflorae / Rosidae; Rutales; Rutaceae - Citrus Family

    Keywords

    Original proving

    Boericke: Homoeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory - IX Edition, p. 125.
    (no proving)

    Description of the substance

    The standard Buchus of commerce are obtained from three species: Barosma betulina, known as 'shorts'; B. crenulata, known 'ovals' and 'shortbroads,' and B. serratifolia, known as 'longs.' The leaves of the firstnamed are most valued and constitute the foliea buchu of the British Pharmacopoeia.

    The Hottentots use several species, all under the common name of 'Bucku.' The leaves have a rue-like smell, and are used by the natives to perfume their bodies.

    Buchu leaves are collected while the plant is flowering and fruiting, and are then dried and exported from Cape Town. The bulk of the Buchu exported to London from South Africa eventually finds its way to America, where it is used in certain proprietary medicines.

    --Description---
    The leaves of B. betulina (short Buchu) are of a pale green colour, 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, 1/2 inch or less wide, leathery and glossy, with a blunt, strongly-curved tip and finely-toothed margin, with round oil glands scattered through the leaf. Frequently the small flowers, with five whitish petals, and the brownish fruits may be found mixed with the drug. The leaves have a strongly aromatic taste and a peppermint-like odour.

    Anche nelle zone temperate dell'emisfero australe la famiglia delle rutacee ha inviato i suoi pionieri, che si spingono fin nella punta meridionale dell'africa.
    L'arbusto chiamato bucco è una rutacea autenti che raggiunge l'altezza di un uomo. Ha foglie piccole, verde brillante e disposte a coppia, punteggiate da ghiandole contenenti oli essenziali. i fiori sono bianchi, il loro odore è soave e pesante; si aprono alle ascelle delle foglie. il frutto è una capsula a cinque logge.
    Le foglie, fortemente aromatiche, esalano un profumo di menta e rosmarino; forniscono una tisana e degli estratti rinfrescanti e stimolanti nell'ambito dei reni, vescica ed organi sessuali. questo rimedio combatte le infiammazioni croniche di questi organi.
    (da: Le piante medicinali. W.Pelikan)