Broom weed

Latin name: Cytisus Scoparius / Sarothamnus Scoparius
Genus: Butterfly family, poisonous
Common names: Broom Bush, Yellow Scharte, Maiden Bush

Description of the plant common broom herb

Plant description: The head-high plant, woody-green stems. The typical butterfly flowers are golden yellow and large.
Origin: Distribution all over Europe to the Urals, mainly on slopes, forest edges and in the sandy lowlands of northern Germany.

Plant parts used medicinally

The flowering herb, roots and leaves rarely.


The main active ingredient is sparteine, an alkaloid and various secondary alkaloids. In addition, tannins, bitter substances, biogenic amines, essential oil

Medicinal effects and use of broom herb

Acts on the conduction system of the heart and regulates the heart's activity in arrhythmias, also has a blood-purifying effect, is useful for kidney and bladder stones, for gout and rheumatism and for skin rashes. The drug is mostly processed into finished medicinal products with a constant active ingredient. The cutting drug is poisonous and difficult to dose and has never achieved a positive meaning in folk medicine.

Use in homeopathy

As Sarothamnus Scoparius primarily used for cardiac arrhythmias. Mostly as a drop in the D2 to D6). Less common in allergic skin diseases.

side effect

The drug is toxic and overdosing can cause poisoning and paralysis! Not suitable for the layman. Basically not to be used during pregnancy and in case of high blood pressure.