Spanish broom is an herb. The flowers are used to make medicine.

People take Spanish broom for constipation and fluid retention, for inducing vomiting, and to improve function of the heart.

In foods and beverages, Spanish broom is used as flavoring.

In manufacturing, Spanish broom is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.

Be careful not to confuse Spanish broom with similar sounding natural products such as butcher's broom, and Scotch broom.

How does it work ?

There isn't enough information to know how Spanish broom might work as a medicine.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Constipation.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Improving heart function.
  • Inducing vomiting.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Spanish broom for these uses.

Side Effects

Spanish broom seems to be safe in amounts typically found in food, but the safety of using larger amounts is not known.

Special Precautions and Warnings

Spanish broom seems to be safe in amounts typically found in food, but the safety of using larger amounts is not known. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It might be UNSAFE to use Spanish broom if you are pregnant. Spanish broom contains a chemical called sparteine, which could start your menstrual period. This might cause a miscarriage. Some manufacturers try to remove sparteine from their products, but it's best to stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions ?

We currently have no information for SPANISH BROOM overview.


The appropriate dose of Spanish broom depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Spanish broom. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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