Buchu leaf preparations in South Africa have a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine to treat urinary tract infections, inflammation of the prostate and as a diuretic. It has also been used for stomach, liver and kidney ailments for hundreds of years by the indigenous people of South Africa. It is also said to be an effective remedy for kidney stones, cystitis and rheumatism. Because of the diuretic effect of buchu, be sure to consume potassium-rich foods while taking this herb such as bananas and fresh vegetables. Speak with your doctor if you are pregnant before taking buchu or any other diuretic.Buchu is an herb indigenous to South Africa only and has a mint-like smell and taste. Blended with Rooibos, this is your ultimate Rooibos mint tea.