Broom Flower (Dried) - Cytisus scoparius

Broom Flower (Dried) - Cytisus scoparius

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History

Broom was used in ancient Anglo-Saxon medicine and by the Welsh physicians of the early Middle Ages. It had a place in the London Pharmacopceia of 1618 and is included in the British Pharmacopoeia of the present day.

It may be seen on the Great Seal of Richard I, this being its first official, heraldic appearance in England. Another origin is claimed for the heraldic use of the Broom in Brittany. A prince of Anjou assassinated his brother there and seized his kingdom, but being overcome by remorse, he made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, in expiation of his crime. Every night on the journey, he scourged himself with a brush of 'genets,' or genista, and adopted this plant as his badge, in perpetual memoryof his repentance.

The Broom is the badge of the Forbes. Thus, according to Sandford, it was the bonny broom which the Scottish clan of Forbes wore in their bonnets when they wished to arouse the heroism of their chieftains, and which in their Gaelic dialect they called bealadh, in token of its beauty.

Apart from its use in heraldry, the Broom has been associated with several popular traditions. In some parts, it used to be considered a sign of plenty, when it bore many flowers. The flowering topswere used for house decoration at the Whitsuntide festival but it was considered unlucky to employ them for menial purposes when in full bloom.

It is sometimes said in the Christian faith that when Joseph and Mary were fleeing into Egypt, the plants of the Broom were cursed by the Virgin because the crackling of their ripe pods as they touched them in passing risked drawing the attention of the soldiers of Herod to the fugitives.

A native of the British Isles, it has been woven into baskets and wattle-type fencing, and it has been dried to make thatch roofs. The long, straight branches of this tall (4-9ft/1.2-2.75m) perennial plant make great brooms.

Magical Uses

An old Suffolk tradition runs:

'If you sweep the house with blossomed Broom in May You are sure to sweep the head of the house away.'

Broom is often associated with the element of Air and the plant has been used to furnished ritual brooms (besoms) and floor brooms for hundreds of years.
It is Ngetal, the twelfth letter of the Ogham alphabet, according to The Scholar's Primer.
The yellow flowers are considered good luck, but in Suffolk and Surre you were not to make a besom of broom when it was in flower, or you would sweep away your luck. Warriors mightalso consider it as a protective charm, as Richard the Lion-Hearted always stuck some in his helmet before riding into battle.
Checkout the herbal sheet we made for Broom here

Pricing

At Thoth we try and keep things simple when it comes to prices and so have averaged the costs in order to provide you with a standard price for all the different herbs in our collection. What you will get is a choice between standard jar sizes filled with your choosen herb.

As you can imagine we get through alot of herbs and general supplies not just from using them in the many classes we hold, but also during the creation of the many products we have. We don't make much profit on the sale of herbs but we only use batches which meet our quality standards. Some of the herbs we sale are sold at far above the average market value and some well below it. Please shop around as we may not be able to offer you a competitive price on our range.