Also known as
Cytisus scoparius, also known as scotch broom, is a leguminous shrub which has traditionally been used to support the liver, alleviate joint inflammation, and as a substitute for coffee. Being from the Fabaceae family, scotch broom contains a plethora of active constituents, some of them similar to mucuna pruriens, another active plant in the Fabaceae family.
cytisine, sparteine, oxysparteine, scoparin, spiraeoside, lupanine, geneistein, scoparoside, tyramine, volatile oil, tannin, fat, wax, sugar, etc.
Destemmed leaf and flower
Scotch broom can be taken as a tea for a relaxing yet stimulating coffee alternative, aiding in the actions of detoxification and relieving skeletal and joint inflammation. The herb can also be effectively smoked, and has an action somewhat like a mix between tobacco and betel nut. Scotch broom activates the same receptors as nicotine, and can be used as a substitute or aid in quitting the consumption of tobacco. Recommended starting dose is 1-2 grams in tea, or about half this amount smoked.
Scotch broom is a peculiar herb that may find a novel use by the new generation of herbalists, aiding in helping solve the modern problem of tobacco addiction. The herb is floral, fragrant, and is quite the pleasant smoke, eliciting a state of relaxation and comfort when smoked.
Do not use while pregnant, and long term use is not recommended.
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