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Butcher’s broom extract may have anti-inflammatory properties for skin, but there is little evidence proving it.

The entire Butcher’s Broom shrub is used in herbal medicine. It’s sometimes made into a poultice that is then applied to the skin. Although Butcher’s Broom has a history in traditional herbal medicine, it is not as commonly used in such procedures as it used to be. It has been used topically to treat varicose veins and hemorrhoids due to its potentially anti-inflammatory capability created by the saponin glycosides (neoruscogenin and ruscogenin) found in it.

It may work by constricting and tightening capillaries and blood vessels, relieving the pain associated with both varicose veins and hemorrhoids. As a result, the extract from this plant has been used to relieve the discomfort of itching and muscle cramping as well.

As a skincare ingredient, this extract has been found useful in reducing the appearance of under-the-eye dark circles, spider veins, and redness from rosacea. Therefore, it is found in various skincare formulas designed for these purposes.

Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine, December 2000, pages 539–549

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