Butchers broom root is taken from a shrub that is part of the lily family of plants. Its name is taken from a time when the twigs of the plants were fastened together to clean chopping blocks used by butchers. The use of the plant dates back to the ancient Greeks.
The herb is normally administered in the form of a capsule, but the dried herb can be used to make preparations for external use such as creams and poultices.
Other forms of the herb include an extract and tincture.
In order to increase the herb’s effectiveness, a daily vitamin C supplement is also recommended.
The benefits of butchers broom herb include:
- Decreasing the levels of cholesterol in the blood.
- Preventing clotting of blood. It has a positive effect on the circulatory system and is beneficial for conditions such as varicose veins. It has a cleansing effect on the veins to prevent the clots forming and keep the blood flowing efficiently. This can also help with general well being as an efficient blood flow carries oxygen around the body which is beneficial for fighting fatigue and sharpening the senses.
- The anti-clotting properties can be beneficial for patients who have undergone surgery.
- Its astringent properties can be strengthening for the gums and hair follicles.
- Butchers broom root has diuretic properties which can help to rid the body of excess water and toxins while keeping the urinary tract free of infection and inflammation.
- The herb is effective for treating and preventing bladder and kidney stones. Its effects on fluid retention are particularly beneficial for those who spend a lot of time on their feet.
- The herb also has mild laxative qualities, which can gently ease constipation.
- Butchers broom herb has also been used to treat hemorrhoids and can be found as an ingredient in a number of topical ointments intended to treat hemorrhoids.
- The herb has anti-inflammatory properties which can be beneficial for sufferers of arthritis and rheumatism.
- Butchers broom root is occasionally used as an ingredient in skin care products and is often found in eye creams. It is beneficial for sensitive skins.
- The cleansing effects of butchers broom on the blood are thought to be beneficial for snake and insect bites.
- The herb is considered to have a balancing effect on hormone levels, which may help with the mood swings associated with PMS and puberty.
Butchers Broom Side Effects
Side effects of butcher’s broom herb are rare, although some people may experience nausea or a stomach upset, particularly if consuming excessive amounts.
Care should be taken not to exceed recommended dosages to reduce the possibility of side effects. The benefits for the circulatory system mean that those with blood pressure problems should avoid this herb.
Butchers broom root may cause uterine contractions so should not be taken by those who are pregnant. Those on blood thinning medication should not use the herb as it can increase the effectiveness of the drugs.
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