Butcher's Broom Root (Ruscus Aculeatus)
Butcher’s broom, also known as box holly, sweet broom, Jew’s myrtle, and knee holly, is a small evergreen shrub that is native to Western Europe. It has been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years.
Its root and rootstock are prized in herbal medicine because they contain various active compounds, which may be why it is linked to several potential health benefits, such as improved blood circulation, atherosclerosis, gallstones, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids.
Butcher's broom is most recognized today for its circulatory system advantages, particularly for people suffering from orthostatic hypotension (a drop in blood pressure when going from sitting to standing) and chronic venous insufficiency, with minimal to no side effects.
It’s believed that the presence of saponins and the compound esculin contribute to butcher’s broom pro-circulation benefits. Butcher’s broom doesn’t cause supine hypertension (a common condition that occurs alongside orthostatic hypotension in which blood pressure rises rapidly while lying on the back). And, it alleviates symptoms even in hot environments.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!