Dyer's Broom

Other Name(s):

Broom Flower, Dyers Broom, Dyer's Greenwood, Dyer's Weed, Dyer's Whin, Fleur à Teindre, Furze, Genestrelle, Genêt Bâtard, Genêt des Teinturiers, Genista tinctoria, Genette, Green Broom, Greenweed, Herbe à Jaunir, Herbe à Teindre, Petit Gênet, Spargelle, Wood Waxen.


Dyer's broom is an herb. The whole plant is used to make medicine.

Despite safety concerns, people take dyer's broom for digestion problems, gout, and bladder stones. It is also used to increase heart rate, strengthen blood vessels, and stimulate blood flow to the kidneys. Some people use it to deepen breathing and relieve pain in the lower back and hip.

Dyer's broom is also used to “detoxify” blood, cause vomiting, or cleanse the bowels.

How does it work?

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

Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Digestion problems.
  • Gout.
  • Back pain.
  • Hip pain.
  • Bladder stones.
  • Lung conditions.
  • Increasing heart rate.
  • Increasing blood flow to the kidneys.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of dyer's broom for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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Side Effects

Dyer's broom might be UNSAFE when taken by mouth. It can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is UNSAFE to take dyer's broom if you are pregnant. It might cause the uterus to contract, and this could cause a miscarriage. It might be also UNSAFE to take dyer's broom if you are breast-feeding. It can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.


The appropriate dose of dyer's 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 dyer's 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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Reviewed on 6/14/2021

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McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997.

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