Butcher's Broom is an evergreen shrub that is native to Europe, particularly England. Its herb and root are used medicinally in tea or tincture form, and it is oftentimes referred to as "Knee Holly" due to its bright red berries.
This herb is very high in iron and silicon, and is one of nature's most potent remedies for a wide spectrum of circulatory ailments. Its ability to help decrease capillary permeability provides an anti-inflammatory effect that may help reduce varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
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.