Common Names: Balai du Boucher, Box Holly, Fragon, Fragon Epineux, Fragon Faux Houx, Fragon Piquant, Houx Frelon, Jew’s Myrtle, Kneeholm, Knee Holly, Petit Houx, Pettigree, Sweet Broom, Rusci Aculeati, Rusci Aculeati Rhizoma, Rusco, Ruscus Aculeatus.
Scientific Name: Cytisus Scoparius L., Ruscus Aculeatus, Papiloniaceae, Pea Family
Common Uses: Butcher’s broom is used for hemorrhoids, gallstones, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and for symptoms of poor blood circulation such as pain, heaviness, leg cramps, leg swelling, varicose veins, itching, and swelling. Butcher’s broom is also used as a laxative, as a diuretic to increase urine output, to reduce swelling, and to speed the healing of fractures.
*Warnings: Butcher’s broom is considered safe for most people when used for up to three months. It may cause stomach upset and nausea. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of butcher’s broom during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Origin: A native of Europe, Asia, and Africa, broom has become naturalized in some parts of North America. Found on dry, gravely banks, heaths and hillsides, particularly in the rural areas of the western United States.