Butcher's Broom Herb
Metaphysical Properties Of Butcher's Broom
Other Names: Box Holly, Sweet Broom, Knee-Holm, Petti-gree, Victriola, Euscus, Knee-Holly, Kneehulver, Bruscus
Planet: Mars, Jupiter, Mercury
Element: Air, Fire
Metaphysical Powers: Wind Spells, Divination, Protection, Psychic Powers, Banishing
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore of Butcher's Broom
To raise the wind: Take a small handful of Butchers Broom twigs and toss them into the air.
To calm the wind: Burn a small handful of twigs and scatter the ashes into the wind. Remember – the intent is everything in magick.
To Banish: Make a small altar besom from Butchers Broom. Write on a piece of paper what you want to banish from the life that you feel is holding you back. Burn small twigs of Butchers Broom in a cauldron along with your piece of paper until ash. Use your Butchers Broom besom to stir the ashes anti-clockwise while thinking of how this problem will leave you in peace. Naturally, make sure the ashes are cold first! Then, go outside and face North, get a few ashes on the "broom" part of the besom, blow them off, East, etc. You can add your own words to this by saying something after each turn that will tell the Universe what your intentions are or think them. If any ash is left afterward, tip it out on the ground and give it a stamp with your foot imagining yourself free of your hindrance. So mote it be!
Butcher's Broom is used to heal fractured bones; it can be taken orally or made into a poultice and placed on the break. Medically it has been used for various reasons, one most important uses as an anti-inflammatory drug.
Butcher's Broom is a shrub naturalized to England/UK, growing wild all over Europe and northern Asia and found growing wherever there is sandy soil.
Butcher's Broom can interact with blood pressure medications and stimulant medications, so avoid Butcher's Broom if taking either of these.
Butcher's Broom has been used to treat 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 can be a laxative, a diuretic to increase urine output, reduce swelling, and speed the healing of fractures. The root is the central part used in healing. Butcher's Broom is not used as commonly in modern herbalism; however, some believe it is due for a review due to its effects in treating varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
The root is aperient, deobstruent, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic and vasoconstrictor. It can be taken internally for the treatment of jaundice, gout, and kidney and bladder stones,