Butcher's Broom Root - Powder

Herbs: Butcher's Broom Root - Powder, Organic

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

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

Butcher's Broom Root Powder 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...

  • As a powder, we use Butcher's Broom in tincture combinations and capsules. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. Except as a tea, as powders are not normally used in tea combinations.
  • 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.

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