Butcher's Broom (Ruscus aculeatus), Knee Holly, Box Holly, Sweet Broom

Main Facts about Butcher's Broom

Butcher's Broom (Ruscus aculeatus)
Butcher's Broom (Ruscus aculeatus), Knee Holly, Box Holly, Sweet Broom
The plant Butcher's Broom got its name because it was once used by European butchers to clean their chopping blocks. Butcher's broom has a long history of use as a folk remedy for hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

Using Butcher's Broom

Butcher's broom is an herb used to treat chronic venous insufficiency. Extracted from a small evergreen shrub found in Europe and North Africa, butcher's broom is thought to help stimulate circulation. Butcher's broom is often combined with hesperidin and ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C) in treatment of chronic venous insufficiency. Butcher's broom is usually recommended in capsule or tea form.

Butcher's Broom is a remedy for: Hemorrhoids


Butcher's broom may trigger mild side effects, such as upset stomach and diarrhea. Additionally, taking butcher's broom in combination with certain medications (such as blood-thinning drugs) may be harmful to your health. Butcher's broom may interact with medication for high blood pressure, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), alpha blockers, anti-depressants or MAO inhibitors

Cooking with Butcher's Broom

The tea, which has a slightly bitter taste, is typically made by steeping one teaspoon of the herb in a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes.