Butcher’s broom, also known as knee holly and Jew’s myrtle, is a broadleaf evergreen shrub original to Asia, Africa and Europe. A cousin to asparagus, the plant is noted for its resilience because it can thrive in deep shade in the woods or tolerate harsh conditions encountered along coastal cliffs.
Butcher’s Broom Root c/s, also known by its scientific name Ruscus aculeatus, is native to western and central Europe and is named for its clinical history of being used by butchers to sweep clean the floor of their shops. It can also be found in North America and may be cultivated as an ornamental shrub.
The root of Butcher’s Broom has long been used as a remedy for a variety of ailments, including poor circulation, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, edema, and urinary tract infections. It is believed to promote healthy circulation, reduce inflammation, and ease symptoms associated with venous insufficiency.
Traditionally, Butcher’s Broom is prepared as an infusion and consumed orally. Anecdotal evidence suggests that consuming Butcher’s Broom root extract may help improve circulation and reduce swollen veins. The root itself can also be taken orally in the form of a powder, capsules, or tincture.
In topical applications, Butcher’s Broom root extract may help improve vasodilation and reduce the visible appearance of varicose veins. It may also help reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and reduce the discomfort associated with hemorrhoids.
Butcher’s Broom root c/s is generally considered safe and non-toxic. However, it should be used with caution if you have allergies or are taking medications. Consult a healthcare professional before taking any supplement.