It is no secret that Butchers Broom was widely used as a medicinal plant in ancient times. Its rich, long history as a laxative and diuretic is evident in Western folk medicine where it has been used for thousands of years.
Even Dioscorides, a Greek physician, pharmacologist, and botanist from the first century AD, was an advocate for Butchers Broom. He believed in the ability of this herb to promote urine flow, regulate menstrual bleeding, manage bladder stones, treat jaundice, and relieve headaches.
Aside from being a healing herb, it was also eaten as a vegetable at one point in time since it is similar to asparagus. The seeds of Butchers Broom can also be used as a coffee substitute, providing a rich and refreshing drink without caffeine.
The name of this plant derives from the tool used by sweeper’s in European butcher shops up to the 20th century.
Characteristics of Butchers Broom
Ruscus aculeatus or Butchers Broom, is a low evergreen shrub that is native to Eurasia and some parts of northern Africa. This plant which belongs to the Asparagaceae family usually grows up to 50-80 cm (although some can grow up to a meter) and has earned the name “knee holly.”
Butchers Broom is a strange evergreen since its actual leaves are microscopic and the visible large “leaves” are not leaves at all. These leaf-like structures are modified stems on which the flowers and the bright, red, waxy fruits are borne.
Modern Medicinal Value
Aside from its use as a coffee substitute, Butchers Broom has the following health benefits:
- It is anti-inflammatory
Inflammation, a defence mechanism against infection and injury, is one of the body’s natural responses to promote healing. However, chronic inflammation is dangerous since the body is in a prolonged state of emergency and this can cause lasting damage to the heart, brain, and other organs.
Butchers Broom contains compounds such as ruscogenin that may help suppress inflammation and potentially treat damage caused by this natural condition.
- It may help treat hemorrhoids and other vascular conditions
Hemorrhoids are veins in the lower rectum that are swollen. These veins may cause discomfort since they have the tendency to bleed. External hemorrhoids may also cause pain. Butchers Broom can be used as a natural treatment for hemorrhoids since it appears to reduce swelling and helps veins to contract. The plant’s rootstocks contain ruscogenins and neuroscogenins (good anti-inflammatories) that do not only constrict veins, but strengthen and tone them as well.
- It may improve poor blood circulation
Blood circulation is what makes the body work because it supplies oxygen to the brain and other organs. Imagine what it would be like if oxygen didn’t properly reach these vital parts of the human body. A cup of Butchers Broom tea can help relieve symptoms of poor circulation.
It may also help combat Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), a painful health condition in which the veins in the legs struggle to deliver blood back to the heart. In fact, studies suggest that this herb can reduce pain, cramps, as well as swelling and tension around the lower legs and ankles in patients with CVI.
- It may reduce symptoms of Orthostatic Hypotension
Orthostatic Hypotension, a frequent problem in older adults, is a form of low blood pressure that occurs when our blood pressure falls significantly upon standing up quickly. The main symptom is dizziness or fainting.
Normally, our reflexes counter this effect by constricting blood vessels in the lower body. However, as we age, these reflexes appear to weaken. Since Butchers Broom can help tighten arteries and veins, it may prevent mild cases of Orthostatic Hypotension.
Brewing Butchers Brew
Time to get brewing!
- Add around 1 1/2 teaspoons to a strainer in hot water. This is a heavy root tea (so brew with caution and try not to overdo it).
- Steep for 5 minutes with the cup covered.
- Sit back. Sip. Enjoy.
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