Butcher's Broom Root
Latin name: Ruscus aculeatus
Health Benefits of Butcher’s Broom Root
Butcher’s Broom aids in circulation disorders and is also very high in iron and silicon. Health benefits include:
- It is considered one of nature’s most potent remedies for a wide spectrum of circulatory ailments ranging from thrombosis and phlebitis to varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
- Can help relieve the swelling in feet and legs due to standing for long periods of time. Can also relieve feelings of bloating and swelling due to menstruation and pregnancy, edema. These symptoms are caused by pooling of lymphatic fluid, which can be reduced with the use of the root.
- Helps dysmenorrhea.
- Also aids in prevention of varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and other circulatory problems because of the root’s ability to narrow blood vessels. Flavonoids, like rutin, are known to strengthen blood vessels and reduce capillary fragility which also helps with these conditions.
- Has been used medicinally as a diuretic, an anti-inflammatory, and to prevent atherosclerosis.
Nutritional Benefits of Butcher’s Broom Root
- Is an excellent source of iron and silicon.
How to Use Butcher’s Broom Root
- Use in tea or tinctures. It is great when combined with other herbs.
- Taking a daily dose of Vitamin C can help to increase effectiveness of the root.
Cautions and Side Effects of Butcher’s Broom Root
- Safe during pregnancy and nursing, and is safe for children.
- If you are taking medication for, or have high blood pressure, you need to consult your doctor before taking.
Fun Facts About Butcher’s Broom Root
- Butcher’s Broom gets its name because it has spines on the plant that have been used to make brooms.