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Scientific Name: Ruscus aculeatus
Alternative Names: Box Holly, Jew's Myrtle

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Ruscus aculeatus


  • Perennial
  • Butcher's Broom is native to Europe, N Turkey, N Africa and the Azores.
  • The common name refers to its traditional use in bundles to clean the floors of butchers.
  • Butcher's Broom is a clump-forming shrub with erect shoots bearing stiff, ovate leaves tipped with spines.
  • It is fully hardy and will grow in sun or shade.

Parts Used

  • The whole plant as well as the roots.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Internally for jaundice, gout, kidney and bladder stones.
  • Will constricts the veins - helps venous insufficiency and haemorrhoids.
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