1790tr. ofF. Le Vaillant’s Trav.I. 375After rubbing their bodies with grease, they had besprinkled themselves with a kind of red powder, made of a root named in the country boughou, and which has a very agreeable odor.
1824Boekhoo Plant inStat. Law of Cape of G.H. (1862) 78Any person who may be convicted..of tearing up the Boekhoo (Boego) plant..shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
1841B. ShawMemorials 114On beginning this station in 1816, many of the people were so disagreeably greasy, and so strongly scented with boocho, that I have frequently become ill with the effluvia of a congregation.
1867Blue Bk for Col. 1866 JJ11The quantity of buchu this year, of which there are about 100 bales of an average weight of 170lbs, ready for export, has been very plentiful.
1913Union Gaz.Vol.14No.427, 556It is hereby notified for general information that the season for the collection of Buchu (Barosma species) from Crown Lands and Forest Reserves..will..be the period 15th January to 28th February in each year, inclusive.
1968G. CroudaceSilver Grass 72In the afternoon, out came the rouge-pots of ox-horn and the tortoise-shells filled with powdered buchu and other fragrant herbs.
1973Cape Times 12 Apr. 2Buchu is frequently used for medicinal purposes. The demand for the product has increased considerably...This has made buchu an export product that may contribute significantly to the country’s income.
1987T.F.J. Van RensburgIntro. to Fynbos 31Buchu (especially Agathosma spp.),..is used on a large scale in medicines and as an oil base for perfume.
1988M. BranchExplore Cape Flora 41Buchu is the name given to a whole group of scented plants with oil glands dotted on their leaves. The most important are the Agathosma species.
1786G. Forstertr. ofA. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H.I. 184The plants used for this purpose (sc. of smearing their bodies) are different species of the diosma, called by the Hottentots bucku, and considered by them as possessing great virtues in curing disorders.
1907T.R. SimForests & Forest Flora 77Boekhoo was not protected til 1824, but its powdered leaves, mixed with charcoal and fat are mentioned as a favourite cosmetic among the Hottentots during the first Governor’s regime.
||buchu asyn/-aˌseɪŋ/, buchu azijn, buchu azyn [Afrikaans, asyn vinegar, from Dutch azijn], buchu brandy, and buchu essens [Afrikaans, ‘essence’]: medicinal preparations in which buchu leaves have been steeped.
1822W.J. BurchellTrav.I. 479This Boekoe (or Buku) azyn is made by simply putting the leaves of some kind of diosma into a bottle of cold vinegar, in which they are left to steep.
1972Beeton & Dorner inEng. Usage in Sn Afr.Vol.3No.2, 49Buchu vinegar,..Alt. boegoe-asyn, infusion obtained by soaking the leaves of a certain species of Agathosma in vinegar, & used for medicinal purposes.
1821C.I. LatrobeJrnl of Visit 218Her head received such a severe contusion, that..she lost her recollection, and was in much pain. Some relief was afforded by an application of bukku-brandy.
1831P. Gaugain Diary. 88Embrocation for the Rheumatism 1 Bottle of Boco Brandy.
1866T. Shone Diary. 11 Sept.T. Shone gave me a half a bottle of Boka Brandy.
1878T.J. LucasCamp Life & Sport 136A coarse kind of spirit, termed ‘Bucca brandy’, made, I believe, from the seeds of a bush of the name, growing in the Veldt.
1968C.J. Orffer inD.J. OppermanSpirit of Vine 195South Africans have for generations attached a particular value to kukumakranka brandy, buchu brandy [printed buchy], clove brandy, etc.
1977Daily Dispatch 22 Aug. 6Who hasn’t heard of buchu brandy as a cure for stomach aches?
1988A. Dangor inStaffriderVol.7No.3, 92The boegoe-brandy burned fiercely into the laceration Jan’s weapon had left on his back.
1991E. Swiegers inS. Afr. Consumer 1st Quarter 28Buchu brandy, white dulcis and Jamaica ginger — their pungent smells conjure up images of yesteryear, but beware, these remedies may well be harmful.
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