Butchers Broom (Ruscus aculeatus) is native to the Mediterranean, northern Africa, and the Middle East, butcher’s broom derives its name from its historical use as a bundle to sweep and clean butcher’s blocks. This herb is a mild diuretic, approved by German Commission E as a supportive therapy for chronic venous insufficiency, a condition causing pain, swelling, and fatigue in the calves & related to varicose veins. May relieve lymphedema (arm swelling) following treatment for breast cancer.
To make a tea from chopped root, place 1 teaspoon of the herb in a cup of boiling water and allow to steep in a closed teapot for 10 minutes.
Use the powder to fill your own capsules or for poultices.