The word broom comes from the actual plant Spartium junceum L., or shrub, that was used to make many early sweeping devices. From the get go, brooms were linked primarily with women, and this ubiquitous household item became a powerful symbol of female domesticity. Jumping the broom at weddings seals the union and the couple leave their individual lives behind and start a new life as one. In Christian ceremonies, the broom handle represents God, the bristles signify the couple’s families. In Pagan ceremonies, it is said that the broom handle represents the male phallus and the bristles represent female energy.
Brooms are thresholds: the beginning and the end, and importantly the journey in-between. Many households and businesses mark the start of day by sweeping the floor, life then occurs in a task driven way, lessons are learned, challenges are met, then the end of day is brought to close by sweeping the floor. In Disney’s 1940 classic Fantasia, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Mickey Mouse tries to shirk his duties and enchants a broom to life to do his work for him. Soon all goes terribly wrong as he is out of his depth and is literally drowning in the chaos he has created, due to him skipping steps in his training, desiring to jump ahead to the end. Before all is lost the Sorcerer appears and sets all back to order and Mickey has to start his tasks / learning from the beginning. In the tale of Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, broom marks the beginning and the end of Vasilisa’s tasks / learning. Unlike Mickey, she stayed the path and faced her difficulties head on and as a result reaped a great reward. Broom is a powerful ally on the heroines journey.
Broom also expresses uncanny energy, sorcery and magic. In folklore brooms are associated with witches, the earliest known image of witches on brooms dates to 1451, when two illustrations appeared in the French poet Martin Le Franc’s manuscript Le Champion des Dames (The Defender of Ladies). In the two drawings, one woman soars through the air on a broom. The inscription above their heads identifies them as Waldensians. Named heretics in 1215, Waldensians, threatened the church authority by allowing preaching and consecration of the sacrament by any layperson, including women.
Folk Wisdom: Increase the efficiency and improves the contraction of the heart muscle, which leads to improved blood flow to all tissues of the body. Supports, the emptying, cleansing, purging and/or evacuation of the bowels. Helps to rid the body of excess fluid, a vasoconstrictor. Promotes deep restful sleep and is a hypnotic.
Gifts for the Skin: Helps lighten dark spots, improves skin luster, reduces the appearance of acne or other blemishes, and the appearance of scars.
Scent: An invitingly warm floral, with honey-like sweetness, and nuanced powdery notes.
Cautions: If taken internally can cause renal irritation, effect heart rhythm, and lower blood pressure. Not for use during pregnancy.
EXTRACTION METHOD ~ Absolute Extraction (Hexane Free)
ORIGIN ~ Italy
NOTE CLASSIFICATION ~ Middle
PARTS USED: Flowers