With the scientific name ruscus aculeatus L. , the butcher’s berry is a very common plant in Mediterranean Europe, Southwest Asia and North Africa. The butchery is known for being used as an ornament at Christmas parties as a symbol of prosperity. In some parts of the world, people consume their sprouts when they are still young, the taste is reminiscent of asparagus, although the sprouts are more bitter. The plant has red berries, similar to cherries, these, however, should not be consumed as they are very toxic and can cause diarrhea.

Health Benefits of the Plant

The aculeatus ruscus can be used in various ways and for various reasons, the main help in the treatment of venous diseases such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, pain and itching caused by poor circulation, swelling and cramps, strengthening the walls of veins and increasing its resistance and elasticity.

Not only to treat, but the plant is also used to improve blood circulation to organs such as the brain, kidneys and liver, and body members such as arms and legs. Its properties also allow the plant to be used to treat constipation, besides having anti-inflammatory substances and being a good diuretic, which makes the body no longer retain water and eliminates several toxic substances from the human body.

How to use the plant

The most used part of the plant to make natural remedies is its roots, and medicines can be used both internally and externally. There are some creams and suppositories that have butcher’s as the main ingredient, it can also be ingested by capsules that are found in health food stores, but the plant is generally used more in the form of tea, either to drink or to be applied in form. of compresses.

Butcher’s tea

-2 dessert spoons of crushed
butcher ‘s root -600ml of water
-Sugar, sweetener or honey to sweeten (optional)

Put the water in a container on the fire, as soon as it starts to boil, turn off the fire. Place the crushed butcher’s root in the water, cover the pan and let it rest for approximately five minutes. It is recommended to consume two cups of tea a day.


Despite being a natural remedy and being quite safe, it is not recommended to be used by people with high blood pressure, pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 12 years old.