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Botanical Names: 
Ruta Graveolens


Other Names 
Wynruit, Herb Of Grace, Herbygrass.

Parts Used 
Usually the dried leaves and also all above ground parts.

rue is a low, shrub found through out the world. The leaves are an pale green, very divided into irregular leaflets and small clumps of yellow flowers appear at the end of summer and develop into seed pods holding small black seeds. The leaves have a strong musty-fruit smell and are bitter to the taste The bush seldom grows more than a meter high

Overview  and Mythology.
The name Herb of Grace is derived from the middle ages when the leaves were used to spread holy water during mass. It was used to protect against evil and was carried by the judges in the courts to ward off evil hence the saying “you will rue the day”

the Greeks used it in a potion as an antidote to a wide range of poisons.

Derived from the Greek—Reno meaning to set free and Graveolens meaning heavy scented.

In some European countries, it is planted at the back door to ward off evil.the club symbol on cards is said to be derived from the leaf pattern.

Essential oil-- limonene, pinene, anisic acid, Limonene has the property of dissolving gall stones and research shows effective in breast, liver, pancreatic and lung cancer.




Flavonoids-- rutin, quercitin, hypericin,the flavvonoids are very beneficial to the cardiovascular system


Furanocoumarins-- bergapten, psoralen, xanthotoxin,


Alkaloids-- (arborine, fagarine, graveoline),




Choline--a, B  group vitamin.



Dosage Recommendations
Tinctures or infusions are used. A cup of boiling water is poured on 1 g of the herb and allowed to stand for 10 minutes before straining. The infusion is taken twice a day.
It is
also available in capsule and ointment form.

Medicinal Actions
 Abortifacient, Anthelmintic, Antispasmodic, Antitussive, Aperient, Carminative, Cholagogue, Circulatory Stimulant, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Rubefacient, Sedative, Stimulant, Stomach Tonic.


Cold, Infusion, Tea, Tincture, Capsules. Ointment.
As a tea, I teaspoon to 1 cup boiling water at least twice daily.

Used in the following internal illnesses
Amenorrhea, Bell's Palsy, Colic, Cough, Epilepsy, Hypertension, Hysteria, Multiple Sclerosis, Parasites, Worms

Health Benefits of Rue.
Cardiovascular System
Rutin helps to prevent and alleviate Atherosclerosis (by inhibiting abnormal Blood Clotting and by preventing Free Radicals damage to Blood Vessels through its Antioxidant properties).

Rutin reduces the internal Bleeding (hemorrhaging) that occurs as a side effect of Radiation Therapy.

Rutin helps to prevent abnormal Blood Clotting (by inhibiting a specific Phosphodiesterase enzyme that is involved in Blood Clotting). 

Rutin improves the health of the Blood Vessels.

Rutin (up to 600 mg per day) lowers Blood Pressure in Hypertension patients. 

Rutin is useful in the treatment of Capillary fragility (Microangiopermeability) as it increases the strength of the Capillaries. 

Rutin deficiency can cause Hemorrhoids.

Rutin (60 mg per day) lowers intraocular pressure in Glaucoma patients (by improving the structural integrity of the Collagen content of the Eyes). 


Immune System
Rutin counteracts Allergies (by inhibiting the release of Histamine from Mast Cells). 

Rutin inhibits some types of Detrimental Bacteria.  

Rutin inhibits Inflammation. 

Rutin prevents some forms of Cancer (by exerting Antioxidant effects that inhibit oxidative damage to the body’s endogenous Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)): 

Rutin inhibits the metastasis of Melanoma (in mice studies, oral administration of Rutin inhibited the metastasis of Melanoma to the Lungs - Rutin-treated mice exhibited an 71% reduction in the number of Lung tumor nodules).

Rutin inhibits some types of Viruses.

Rutin possesses Antioxidant properties: 
Rutin deactivates Superoxide Free Radicals. 
Rutin inhibits the oxidation of LDL Cholesterol. 

Oral Health

Rutin alleviates bleeding Gums.

Rutin reduces the susceptibility to Bruising and accelerates the healing of Bruises. 
Rutin (when used in conjunction with Vitamin C) has caused the complete resolution of some cases of Purpura.

Rue alleviates Coughing.

Rue is used effectively for Arthritis.
External Medicinal Use
Backache, Ear Infection, Eye Soreness, Gout, Headache, Insect Repellent, Muscle Spasms, Rheumatism, Sore Throat, Wounds

Eyewash for tired eyes. Insect repellent. Compress for wounds.  Gargle for sore throat. Ear oil for ear infection. Massage oil for rheumatism.  Liniment for gout, backache, muscle spasms.  Fresh leaves are applied to the head as a headache remedy.  Essential oil used in perfume.

Bitter, Pungent, Warm

Contra indications and side effects
Large doses may cause photosensitivity. Sap of the stem may cause dermatitis.

Use During Pregnancy And Lactation.
 Avoid. Using large doses for abortion may be fatal to the mother

Interactions with Other Drugs.
None known.

Doctrine of signatures
Yellow flowers and bitter taste indicate use in gall bladder.
Very bitter indicating use in liver healing

Many branched leaflets indicate use in the cardio vascular system.

 Herb of Mars.

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