Butchers Broom herb, originating from Europe, produces red berries and a small green flower. Also known as Kneeholy Jew’s Myrtle, Pettigree and Jew’s Myrtle, herbalists have used it for hundreds of years to treat ailments, although the exact actions of the herb are still under investigation
The following conditions benefit from using this herb, ruscus aculeatus:
- Water retention and edema of the legs – removes water from cells and reduces water retention in feet and legs
- Inflammation caused by standing for long periods of time
- Circulatory and vascular problems
- Relief from hemorrhoids – when combined with Witch Hazel to form an ointment
- Asthma and respiratory disorders – improves inhalation and exhalation when combine it with tea, particularly green-leaf tea
- Snakebites – counters the effects of snake venom
- Varicose veins – consistent use of ointment can alleviate conditions
- Hypotension – raises blood pressure by increasing diastolic pressure
Other ailments relieved by the herb include heart disorders, jaundice, bladder infections and kidney problems.
This herb is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
Butcher’s Broom is contraindicated in persons who take monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s) for depression; concurrent use can cause unfavorable effects on blood pressure.