by Life Enthusiast Staff
Rue - Ruta Graveolens
Ancient use by priests. Popular at time of Christ and mentioned in the Bible. Popular for centuries in old Germany. Restores mental clarity in cases of confusion, dizziness and hysteria. Expels worms. Supportive of the liver, brain, uterus and joints. It helps the body eliminate toxins.
Used since ancient times by priests. Mentioned in the Bible. A favorite of the German people over the centuries. A general tonic and very focusing for a confused and overstressed mind. Expels worms, relieves pain. Supports smooth digestion, joint pain Antitoxin qualities.
Research indicates that rutin, a photochemical found in rue, may help inhibit tumor formation on the skin. Rue is probably best known for its effects on the female reproductive tract. Chemicals in rue may stimulate muscles in the uterus, which, in turn, may initiate menstrual periods, act as contraceptive agents, and promote abortion. It is also thought that rue contains chemicals that may decrease fertility and may also block the implanting of a fertilized egg. Even though rue is a mainstay of midwives in many developing countries, its risks generally outweigh any benefits it might have for contraception or abortion. Deaths have been reported due to uterine hemorrhaging caused by repeated doses of rue. Taking it orally is strongly discouraged. Rue oil may be applied to the skin. It has been used to relieve arthritis pain and also for treating soft tissue injuries such as bruises and sprains. The strong smell of rue has made it popular in some parts of the world as an effective insect repellent, with either fresh rue leaves or rue oil rubbed onto the skin.