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.
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. Learn More$15.00