Absorbent and toning
Dried and ground young shoots of broom tops are added to T for Toes deodorant powder to absorb moisture and to keep the feet, and shoes, comfortable.
Cytisus scoparius is an ornamental, perennial, hardy shrub native to heaths, waste ground, and woods in Europe growing wild and in cultivation. It has large yellow flowers that produce large quantities of pollen, which is very attractive to bees.
Broom tops are cut as flowering commences and are dried for decoctions, infusions, liquid extracts, tinctures and also ground down to a powder. They are known as broom tops, butcher’s broom, knee holly, kneeholm, Scotch broom and pettigree.
It has been used over the centuries for medicinal, culinary and decorative purposes. Dioscorides, from the first century B.C. mentioned it as an effective remedy for swelling. Young shoots were gathered in the spring to eat. The fruiting branches are still used today in Christmas decorations.
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