Medicinal properties and applications: Diuretic, cathartic. Prepared: decoctions, infusions. One ounce of dried flowering tops are added to a pint of boiling water. Herbalist use it for bladder and kidney related ailments. Controlled dosages are important with this plant and it should only be used by highly trained alternative practitioners. Large dosages or combinations with the wrong drugs, medications, or even herbs may be dangerous. Not suggested for people with heart conditions.
From everything that I've read via the scholarly journals, my books, etc, I can tell you that Scotch Broom can be either a poison or a medicine. What many people do not know is that there is a medical rule known as the "Arndt-Schulz rule". This rule states that any poison in a dilute enough dosage, has positive effects on life processes. In other words, the difference between a poison and a medicine is nothing more than the dosage that is administered. ( Note that I do back up everything I saw via scholarly journals located via scholar.google.com ) Because of this, the use of this ethnobotanical as a medicine should only be done so by highly trained alternative practitioners. In other words, it would take a highly trained homeopathic healer, or a true shaman, native american, or any other wise natural healer to successfully work with it for healing purposes. From a shamanic perspective, it's also used for astral travel, purifying sacred space, and protection. A friend of minee who ran a shop can be credited to the shamanic perspective of its use..
Too many people today believe that herbal medicine is a joke. They simply do not know that highly educated and brilliant minds do in fact research these plants, and understand that they do in fact produce highly complex organic compounds. Phytochemistry is a branch of science that embraces the study of these miraculous microscopic chemicals. I highly suggest taking up these studies in your colleges and universities. It would be a great contribution to human kind to help spread this knowledge. You can be the one to prove to the world that a new constituent such as THC exists in a plant that people have never heard of! How profound is that?! Please don't confuse my words as medical claims. One of the main points I try to make with this website is that I want the world to acknowledge the science behind herbalism. Germany has done this, and uses herbs in main-stream practice. ( see my citations below )
This historic metaphysical tool contains the following phytochemicals:
Biogenic amines (mostly tyramine in the young shoots), flavonoids (spiraeoside and scoparoside), isoflavones and their glycosides (genistin), allelopathic quinolizidine alkaloids (mostly sparteine, lupanine, scoparin and hydroxy-derivatives). Some of these are believed to help defend the plant against insect infestation and herbivory (with the exception of the resistant Aphis cytisorum). This would indicate that it may also make a very beneficial natural insecticide as well. I decided to try this, as I also have a history of making do it yourself products at home, and it worked great. If that sounds interesting to you then let me share with you how to make a homemade pesticide for your garden!
This plant is potentially poisonous in suffecient dosage. Scotch Broom is sold and marketed for research purposes only. Another species that is a lot like Scotch broom in the sense that it can be either a poison or a medicine is Deadly Nightshade. Make sure you research the potential down side of any substances before assuming that it doesn't have one. I don't mean to make this stuff sound bad, but I think it's important that people see both sides of the spectrum. Now, one tiny little drop of a tincture I woulnd't imagine being all that harmful. It's fascinating when you discover that this principle of dilute toxins, is how homeopathy works.
Organic Scotch Broom Scientific Name Cytisus scoparius Foliage Leaves
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