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Broomweed Herb Health Benefits

Broomweed or broom snakeweed is a short-lived, perennial half-shrub ranging from 6 inches to about 2 feet tall. The leaves are narrow and threadlike. The small yellow flowers are clustered at the branch tips from June to October.

 

With anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, sweet broomweed is a dependable pain reliever, having played that most welcomed role in cases of arthritis, menstrual cramps, migraine headaches and muscle pain.

 

As a cardio tonic, sweet broomweed tones and strengthens the heart.

 

A decoction of the plant was used by the Lakota to treat colds, coughs, and dizziness, while a concentrate made from the flowers was used by the Dakota as a laxative for horses.

 

The plant is also a diuretic, stimulating urine production and thus countering fluid retention.

 

Since broom causes the muscles of the uterus to contract, it has also been used to prevent blood loss after childbirth.

 

This herb must be used with caution since large doses are likely to upset the stomach.

 

The composition of active ingredients in the plant is very changeable, this makes it rather unreliable medicinally and it is therefore rarely used.

 

This herb should not be prescribed to pregnant women or patients with high blood pressure.

 

A hot water infusion or decoction of the leaves or whole plant is used medicinally by indigenous tribes of Nicaragua to treat malaria, stomach disorders, menstrual disorders, insect bites, fevers, liver disorders, and venereal disease.

 

The plant has been used to treat skin rashes in Martinique and Trinidad, for irritated skin in Brazil, and as a multi-ingredient preparation for treating burns in eastern Nicaragua.

 

In Paraguay, the plant is used to kill lice and fleas, and used against vermin.

 

It stimulates the capillary circulation, both inward and outward; thus relieving congestions of the mucous membranes, promoting warm perspiration, increasing expectoration, and sometimes leading to evacuations in acute intestinal catarrh.

 

It also has a soothing and sustaining after-effect on the nerve peripheries, affording considerable relief from distresses of mucous surfaces by acting on the nerves as well as by relieving capillary distension and pressure.

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