Healing Herbs: Butcher’s Broom

        Butcher’s Broom is a plant that is a member of the lily family. It is most often used to aid circulation. It seems to be particularly good at improving blood flow in the legs. For nearly 2000 years it has been used as a laxative and diuretic. It also helps to suppress abnormal heart rhythm. Butcher’s Broom also contains ingredients that are used as blood thinners. It can aid in reducing excess water in the legs and feet for people who spend most of the day standing. Butcher’s Broom can be mixed with Witch Hazel to make an ointment for hemorrhoids. It can aid breathing for those with asthma, especially when mixed with green or black tea. It is useful in treating varicose veins and low blood pressure. It is used to treat jaundice, gout, kidney and bladder stones and gall stones. Butcher’s Broom can suppress the absorption of some snake venoms, so is a first aid for snake bite.
    Butcher’s Broom should not be taken by pregnant women or anyone with high blood pressure.

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