Spartium junceum

Spartium junceum L.

Leguminosae (Fabaceae)

  • Spanish Broom
  • شيح
  • وزال
  • shih
  • wazzal
  • אֲחִירֹתֶם הַחֹרֶשׁ
  • akhirotem ha-khoresh

Phanerophyte shrub

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Spartium junceum L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Boils

Anti-Infective

Decoct plant in water & apply as hot compress x2/day.

Aerial partsZ
Endocrine/ Metabolic

Diabetes mellitus

Hypoglycemic

1.Cook plant in water (without sugar) & drink.
2.Decoct in water, cool, filter & drink 1 cup x3/day for 40 days.

Aerial partsZ
Gastrointestinal

Gastroenteritis

Anti-Infective

Decoct plant in water, cool, filter & drink x1 cup x3/day.

Aerial partsZ

The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

Z notes that an Arabic name for this plant "sih" or "seeh" is also used for Artemisia sieberi.

Spartium junceum contains sparteine (quinolizidine alkaloid) & junceoside (triterpenoid saponin) which may cause exccessive vomiting, & kidney irritation. Seeds are poisonous to animals.