Bucher's Broom Root - Cut Organic

Herbs: Butcher's Broom Root - Cut

Common Name: Butcher's broom
Latin Name: Ruscus aculeatus
Origin: Croatia

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

Its medicinal applications involve the use of the root (rhizome), which has been found by ancient peoples and modern medicine alike to be one of nature’s most potent remedies for a wide spectrum of circulatory ailments ranging from thrombosis and phlebitis to varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

Theophrastus (c. 325 B.C.) the Greek naturalist and philosopher, praised the healing powers of Ruscus aculeatus (butcher’s broom). He reported seeing “lame people get up and walk” and “swelling become normal again after treatment” with what he called “the miracle herb.”

Pliny (c. 60 A.D.), the Roman scholar who wrote many treatises on the healing properties of herbs, described swellings (varicose veins) that “became flat again after patients took the powdered root of the whisk-broom plant.”

Dioscorides recommended butcher’s broom as an aperient (appetite stimulant) and diuretic.

During the Middle Ages, it was used as a food and gained a reputation for its power to relieve “a heavy feeling in the legs.”

The vasoconstricting effect makes it useful in reducing varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Its ability to decrease capillary permeability provides an anti-inflammatory effect. Heavy legs and swelling associated with menstruation, pregnancy and long-term standing can produce pools of lymphatic fluid that can be affected by butcher’s broom.

Butcher’s broom is an excellent herbal source of iron and silicon.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • We use Butcher's Broom often in tea and tincture combinations. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies.
  • It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • As is the case with most herbs, Butcher's Broom should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.

Customer Reviews

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by megan on Dec 14, 2013

Hi there,
If I want to make a salve from butcher's broom for hemmoroids, I have to do an infused oil first right? or could I buy the powder and incorporate that?

    Re: salve
    by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 16, 2013

    Hello, Yes you will want to make an infused oil first because the powder would probably make a salve grainy and perhaps abrasive.

What can I mix?
by Brenda on Oct 1, 2013

I recently received my herb order. Thank you for providing such great quality herbs. I have a few questions. I now have peppermint, horsetail, bilberry, red clover, red raspberry, comfrey, and butcher's broom. Which could be mixed, and which should be taken separately? Could I mix horsetail, butcher's broom, and red clover at one time in a tea? I saw the sunburn treatment video, but to restore the skin from an old sunburn, and to just help with my thinning, aging skin in general, could I combine comfrey, horsetail, and red clover in a massage oil to be rubbed in all over? Should I add an essential oil to make it smell better? Is there a better combination? Also, is it a good idea to use avocado oil in the crockpot on low for a massage oil, or is it too volatile?

    Re: What can I mix?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Oct 2, 2013

    Yes, you could mix horsetail, butcher's broom and red clover to make a tea. You could also add infuse all three including comfrey in oil to use as massage oil. Just be sure not to mix comfrey in as a tea. You could add any essential oil you wanted but make sure to add grapefruit seed extract and/or vitamin E oil to preserve your oil. Avocado oil wouldn't last as long as coconut oil but you could try! Thanks!

Root or power for tincture
by Angela on Aug 27, 2013

Hello. I'm wanting to make a tincture with butchers broom and rosemary. Would it be better to use the root cut or as a powder or doesn't it really matter? Thank you for your help.

    Re: Root or power for tincture
    by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 27, 2013

    It is better to use the root cut. Powders don't work as well in a tincture. Thanks!

Combining with Ginkgo and Valerian Root
by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2013

I think my last question was worded incorrectly. Could I combine Butcher's Broom with Ginkgo and Valerian root to make a tea? Thanks.

    Re: Combining with Ginkgo and Valerian Root
    by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 14, 2013

    You would need to do some research to find out if this mix is right for you. Valerian can slow your heart and you would need to use with caution. Thanks

Butcher's Broom Tea
by G. Phillips on Jun 20, 2012

It took about two weeks to feel the effects, but two cups a day really helped my (pregnancy related) varicose veins! It's not a cure, but it really got me back up on my feet.

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