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The Khoisan used to chew buchu leaves, but nowadays buchu is usually taken as a tea. The kind of buchu that is mostly used for medicinal purposes is Agathosma betulina and the medicinal properties of the plant reside in its leaves.
The leaves have oil glands underneath that release a strong aroma. In the food industry buchu oil is often used to impart a blackcurrant flavour to foods.