The health benefits of Butcher’s Broom tea have been known as being potent for blood flow problems. In addition, traditional medicine practitioners have long recommended the butcher’s broom for its laxative and diuretic properties.
Butcher’s Broom is a small-leafed shrubby evergreen plant native to and cultivated in the Mediterranean, Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe. It is a member of the lily family. Both the root and stem of the plant are used in herbal preparations.
Pliny the Elder had already noted way back in 60 C.E. that the butcher’s broom herb was potent for the treatment of the swelling of veins. The highly respected German Commission E has been approved as a supportive therapy for chronic venous insufficiency. It is a condition causing pain and swelling in the calves and is related to varicose veins.
However, the maximum safe doses of butcher’s broom have not yet been established for young children, pregnant or nursing women, and persons with liver or kidney diseases. Consequently, patients interested to use butcher’s broom tea should first consult with a physician before taking this.
Active constituents of butcher’s broom include ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, chromium, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc. Butcher’s broom also contains certain steroidal saponins that are believed to be responsible for the herbs medicinal effects.
Butcher’s broom tea can be made by placing a teaspoon of the chopped roots in a cup of boiling water and allowed to stand in a closed teapot for about 10 minutes. Strain the mix before drinking.
The following are the health benefits attributed to butcher’s broom tea:
- May help relieve constipation.
- May help improve blood circulation to the brain, legs and hands.
- May help ease varicose veins.
- May also contribute to the overall efforts to treat atherosclerosis.
- May help lessen the pain associated with arthritis and rheumatism.
- May help relieve water retention.
- May help alleviate hemorrhoids.
- May help as a mild detox agent.