treats Labor induction, Diuretic, and Cardiovascular conditions
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Abscess, angina, astringent, beer flavor, bladder disorders, bleeding gums, blood cleansing, bronchitis, cancer, cathartic, coagulation (bleeding) disorders, congestive heart failure, diphtheria, emetic (vomiting inducer), euphoria (when smoked in cigarettes), food flavoring, gallstones, gout, hemophilia, hypertension, inflammation, intoxication, jaundice, kidney inflammation, kidney stones, lice, liver disorders, menorrhagia (excessive menstruation), muscle ache, nausea, postpartum hemorrhage, relaxation (when smoked in cigarettes), rheumatic disorders, sciatica, splenomegaly (enlarged spleen), snake bite, toothache.
Adults (18 years and older)
It is not clear what dose(s) of scotch broom are safe or effective for any medical condition, and use should only be under medical supervision. Storage of the flower or herb should be in a cool, dry location.
A juice has been made by pressing the bruised, fresh tops and adding one- third volume alcohol, allowing it to sit for seven days, followed by filtration, and taken daily as needed. An infusion has been made by adding 1 ounce of dried tops to a pint of boiling water (or 1 teaspoon in 200 milliliters boiling water) and taken as a cup- full once or twice daily as needed.
As a tea, 1- 2 grams (1 level teaspoon) of herb can be steeped in 150- 200 milliters of boiling water, then strained after 5- 10 minutes and taken as a cup- full, up to three times daily as needed. As a decoction, 1- 2 grams of herb have been used in preparations. As a liquid extract, a 1:1 preparation in 25% ethanol (v/ v) has been prepared and taken as 1- 2 milliliters as needed. As a tincture, a 1:5 preparation in 45% ethanol (v/ v) has been taken at a dose of 0.5- 2 milliliters daily. The herb may also be available as an aqueous- ethanol preparation (1:1:5) or as an aqueous essential oil extract.
Children (younger than 18 years)
Avoid due to potentially life- threatening toxicity.