BROOM

NAME : BROOM  POISON  

GAELIC NAME : GIOLCACH SHLÉIBHE

LATIN NAME : Cytisus scoparius.

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Banal, Basam, Besom, Bisom, Bizzon, Breeam, Broom Tops, Brum, Genista Green Broom, Irish Broom, Irish Tops, Link, Scotch Broom.

MEDICINAL PART : None

DESCRIPTION :  Scotch Broom is a deciduous shrub which grows on hillsides all over Scotland and Ireland.  The angular, slender stems bear alternate leaves consisting of 1 to 3 obovate or oblanceolate, downy leaflets.  The solitary axillary flowers are yellow and bloom from April to June.  The fruit is a brown pod containing 12 to 18 seeds.

PROPERTIES AND USES

Cathartic, diuretic  and emetic.  However we do not recommend internal use of this herb as it is highly toxic and can cause heart attacks in susceptible persons.  Some people claim that smoking the dried flowers causes hallucinations.

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

GENDER : Masculine.
PLANET : Mars.
ELEMENT : Air.
POWERS : Purification, Protection, Wind Spells, Divination.

Ritual Uses
Call on the Gods Anu, Dagda, Nuadu for any spells or rituals involving the element of Air.  Hold a piece of broom in the hand to make your incantations more effective.

MAGICAL USES

Broom is a very powerful protective plant.  If hung in the corners of the house it protects against malignity.  An infusion of the plant sprinkled around the house can stop malign influences, poltergeist activity, hauntings etc.

Broom can be made into a sweeping brush (Hence the name), which when used cleanses the atmosphere around the user.  

Broom can be tied into bundles and burnt, the smoke of which purifies the air and gives a blessing on the surroundings. 

To quell windy storms Broom should be burnt and the ashes buried underground.

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