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Rue, a native of Europe, also grown in the US, where ours comes from, it is an ornamental, shrubby herb with a strong, aromatic, bitter or acrid scent and has tough, woody branches and small, smooth, bluish-green leaves. Mustard-yellow, fringed 4-petalled flowers appear in summer, followed by 4-lobed capsules. In ancient medicine, the herb was a favored remedy as an antidote to poison and was seen as a magic herb by many cultures and as a protection against evil. It was used for nervous afflictions, digestive problems and hysterics.
Botanical Name: Ruta Graveolens
Description: Rue is an ornamental, shrubby herb with a strong, aromatic, bitter or acrid scent. It has tough, woody branches and small, smooth, bluish-green leaves. The sunny, early summer flowers give way to green fruits which resemble tiny immature oranges.
Of Interest: History: In ancient medicine, the herb Rue was a favored remedy as an antidote to poison. Rue was used for nervous afflictions, digestive problems and hysterics. Rue has been used as an "anti-magic" herb for centuries. It was considered a reliable defense against witches. The rue leaf was the model for the suit of clubs in playing cards.
Properties: Rue is often used for relief of gout, joint pain, rheumatism, and warts. Also used as bug repellent.
Traditional Use: Rue Essential Oil is a homeopathic remedy used for centuries as a medical preparation and may be helpful for compression wounds, contusions, physical overexertion, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, strengthens the capillary veins, dental problems - deep aching - 'dry socket', feet and ankles painful, aching heels, and for painful stiffness in wrists and hands. Rue Oil is a natural healing self-administered home treatment, based on Rue medical plant (Ruta Graveolens, Common Rue) successfully used for skin care, itching skin, varicose veins and healing of bleeding, thrombosed, internal and external hemorrhoids (piles).
Parts Used: flowers
Color: Pale yellow to orange-amber viscous liquid
Consistency: Medium to Viscous. Liquid at room temperature, but solid at cooler temperatures.
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Note Classification: Top
Aroma Description: sharply herbaceous, distinctly fruity orange-like scent, with a characteristic bitter acrid back note that makes the overall impression an unpleasant one..
Aroma Strength: Strong
Blends Well With: Bay, Benzoin, Chamomile, Fennel, Frankincense, Myrrh, Thyme, Pennyroyal and Wormwood.
Safety Data: Not for internal use. Rue Essential Oil is considered toxic, an abortifacient, an irritant to the mucus membranes, a neurotoxin, and causes sun sensitivity due to photo-toxicity.