Butcher's Broom Root - Powder

Herbs: Butcher's Broom Root - Powder

Common Name: Butcher's broom
Latin Name: Rucus aculeatua
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.

Customer Reviews

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used for hemorrhaging?
by Renee on Jan 12, 2014

Can this, or would it be useful, to use it in conjunction with shepherd's purse to treat post partum hemorrhaging? Thanks.

butchers broom power
by sharon on Dec 30, 2013

How much can u take at one time, and whatcan you talk it in .Can you put it in food.

    Re: butchers broom power
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 3, 2014

    Hello, I would recommend taking anywhere from 1/2 tsp -1 tsp. Start out small and see how your body reacts with it. You can put it in whatever you want. With the powder it is convenient to put in drinks or smoothies and the root can be made into tea or tinctures. Thanks!

by nadia on Dec 30, 2013

I have two questions...How should one use butcher's broom root powder in the treatment of hemmorhoids? Will it shrink the hemmorhoid or just ease discomfort?

    Re: Hemmorhoids
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 3, 2014

    Hello, I would recommend taking the powder in a drink or smoothie or you could try encapsulating it if that is what you would prefer. The Butcher's Broom should shrink the hemorrhoid. Thanks!

Butcher Broom
by Charlene on Oct 10, 2013

Haven't read anything otherwise. But do you think it will be ok for someone to take if they have Hep C?

    Re: Butcher Broom
    by Bulk Herb Store on Oct 11, 2013

    Yes, you can! In fact, it is recommended on several health websites> Thanks!

by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2013

Is this effective in a salve for varicose veins or does it need to be taken internally?
Thanks :)

    Re: Salve
    by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 14, 2013

    You can use it either way. As a salve or drinking as a tea. Ir do both at the same time. Thanks!

butchers broom
by Heather Martin on Jul 29, 2013

Do you recommend the powder or the cut root more, for varicose veins? Does one seem to have more of an effect than the other?

    Re: butchers broom
    by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 2, 2013

    They both work! The root would make a better tincture while the powder is better encapsulated. Thanks!

Re: ques
by Patti on May 7, 2013

Can the powder be used to make capsules?

    Re: ques
    by Bulk Herb Store on May 9, 2013

    Yes this powder can be encapsulated!

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