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Blood Builder Tea

Ingredients

Yields three cups

1 tsp rose hips-crushed
1 tsp butcher’s broom*
1 tsp yellow dock


Method

Bring 3 ½ cups of water to a boil. Remove water from heat and add herbs. Place a tight lid on the pot. Let the mixture steep for five to ten minutes. Drink one cup three times daily. 

*Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculeatus) was used for centuries in meat shops to protect their wares from mice, and the leaves were used to scrub the cutting blocks clean of grease and oils. It was also used medicinally for a wide variety of purposes, mostly related to vascular health and flushing retained fluids from the feet and hands. Dioscorides used preparations of Butcher’s Broom to also treat lymphatic swelling, jaundice, and kidney stones.

Butcher’s Broom is also known as Box Holly, Sweet Broom, Knee Holly, and Pettigree, and it is a member of the Lily family. It is closely related to asparagus, and the young shoots were frequently eaten in much the same way asparagus is today.

Current Uses
The most common use of Butcher’s Broom today is as a treatment for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Butcher’s Broom primary mechanism as a vascular strengthener repairs the walls of blood vessels and capillaries when doses are taken internally as well as applied externally. It also acts as a gentle non-stimulant laxative and diuretic to help take pressure off of the affected areas. Germany has approved Butcher’s Broom as the primary supportive therapy for chronic venous insufficiency.

The vascular effects of Butcher’s Broom are accompanied with an additional ability to help the body relieve and remove blockages. Because of this, it is used in Europe for post-operative patients to manage thrombosis and treat phlebitis, and it was indicated in older herbalist texts for treating kidney stones and “gravel”.

Butcher’s Broom is also used as a regular tonic to help treat any kind of fluid retention in the extremities, especially for people who are on their feet a lot. It’s been shown to have benefits for those suffering from orthostatic hypotension (a sudden drop in blood pressure when rising to a standing position) by improving blood pressure response with movement without raising resting blood pressure.

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