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Ruta Graveolens


Also known as rue, is an herb belonging to the Rutaceae family and is native to the Mediterranean region. Rue, an ornamental plant, is often planted in gardens due to its attractive bluish-green foliage but has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.

Ruta Graveolens


Rue, common rue or herb-of-grace




Rue is an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and diuretic.


When used for medicinal purposes, rue can help reduce muscle spasms and cramps, has anti-inflammatory effects, and can be used as a diuretic.


    Rue (Ruta graveolens) has been historically associated with various medicinal benefits including its anti-inflammatory properties and treatment of inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis and rheumatism. It also has antispasmodic properties that can help reduce muscle spasms and cramps and can also be used to treat menstrual issues for women. Rue is also commonly used as a diuretic to increase urine production and aid in fluid retention. It can also help with digestive issues helping to relieve flatulence and reduce gas in the digestive system.


    Rue can be consumed in various forms including herbal tea, tinctures, extracts, and culinary applications. The leaves are often used to make herbal tea, and the plant can be processed into concentrated forms like tinctures. Historically, rue was used in Mediterranean cuisines for its bitter flavor. Additionally, it has been applied topically in poultices or ointments, and rue essential oil has been used in aromatherapy.


    Valued in ancient Greece and Rome for its medicinal properties, rue was used to address various health issues and held symbolic significance in protection rituals. Through medieval and Renaissance periods, it maintained its reputation as a medicinal herb believed to offer protection against plagues. Rue also played a role in folklore and superstitions symbolizing protection against the "evil eye." 

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