Nestled in parts of Europe and the Mediterranean lives a plant that looks, at first glance, like a disproportionate holly bush, but which packs some great circulatory benefits. I’m talking about butcher’s broom, the small evergreen bush used historically as a remedy for a large number of problems, including atherosclerosis, gallstones, varicose veins and hemorrhoids. (1)
Today, butcher’s broom is known most widely for the way it benefits the circulatory system, especially for those with orthostatic hypotension (a drop in blood pressure when going from sitting to standing) and chronic venous insufficiency.
What Is Butcher’s Broom?
Butcher’s broom (botanical name Ruscus aculeatus L.) is a member of the lily family. The plant also has a lot in common with the asparagus plant. Typically, the young stems and roots are used to create supplements. In some cultures, the shoots are prepared and eaten similarly to asparagus, although the flavor is much more bitter.