Butcher's Broom Root
Also known as: Balai du Boucher, Box Holly, Fragon, Jew's Myrtle, Kneeholm, Knee Holly, Pettigree, Sweet Broom, Rusci Aculeati, Rusci Aculeati Rhizoma, Rusco, Ruscus aculeatus.
History: Ruscus aculeatus has mildly astringent, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. Ancient Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder wrote of this particular herb in his work Naturalis Historia, describing its ability to reduce the swelling in diseased limbs.
Modern Use: It is used in Europe for disorders involving the venous system, including venous fragility or varicose veins, and clinical data supports claims that it has positive effects on circulation.