Buchu betulina grows in the mountainous regions of South Africa. The leaves of this small shrub are dried and steam distilled to obtain a dark yellow, minty and camphoraceous oil. Dried leaves are also exported widely for the herb markets.
Category Essential Oils and Extracts
Regional Availability Worldwide
Harvest Period May - June
Natural Status EU Natural
Organoleptic Descriptors fruity, green, minty, berry, blackcurrant, tropical, sulfureous
Common Applications strawberry, mint, raspberry, blueberry, mango, peach, blackcurrant, guava, apric
Appearance Pale yellow to yellow liquid
Optical Rotation -30.0 to 20.0
Refractive Index @20℃ 1.4600 - 1.4900
Specific Gravity @20℃ 0.900 - 0.980
Flash Point ℃ 62°C
Shelf Life (months) 12
Storage Recommendations Sealed containers in a cool dark place. Check quality before use.