Butcher’s Broom is an evergreen native to the Mediterranean. It grows to about 2.5 feet tall. Butcher’s Broom likes moist soil and shade. The oval-shaped leaves are dark green with brownish veins and they come to a sharp point at the tip. Small whitish flowers grow from buds that form right in the middle of the leaves. These flowers mature into small red berries. Taken internally as a tea, tincture, or capsule, Butcher’s Broom was used historically by European herbalists to support issues related to poor circulation. Externally, creams made with Butcher’s Broom root were used to help treat hemorrhoids.
History and Folklore:
Harvest the root/rhizome in the fall and dry it for later use.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest Black Cohosh roots and rhizomes in the fall after the fruit has formed. Wash roots carefully.
Do not use if pregnant or nursing.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Kneeholm, Knee Holly, Sweet Broom, Jew’s Myrtle, Pettigree, and Box Holly
Tincture Ingredients: Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculeates)
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