Rue - Ruda
(Ruta graveolens L.)
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Type in Ailment or Herb
- Common Name: Common Rue, Herb-of-Grace,Bitterwort
- Spanish: Ruda
- Family: Rutaceae Juss.
- Country of Origin: Southern Europe
- Habitat: Rocks, old walls and dry hills, mainly on limestone
- Description: A hardy evergreen herb.
- Division: Magnoliophyta
- Class: Magnoliopsida
Rue is a small evergreen subshrub or semi woody perennial 2-3'
tall and almost as wide. The stems become woody near the base, but remain
herbaceous nearer the tips. The 3-5" long leaves are dissected pinnately into
oblong or spoon shaped segments. They are somewhat fleshy and usually covered
with a powdery bloom.
The sea green foliage has a strong, pungent, rather unpleasant scent when
bruised. The paniculate clusters of small yellow flowers appear in midsummer,
held well above the foliage and often covering most of the plant. Each flower is
about a half inch across with four concave notched petals. Rue usually grows in
a compact, rounded mound. 'Jackman's Blue' has beautiful bluish green foliage
and stays in a tight, rounded form, smaller than the species; this is the most
popular cultivar in Europe. 'Blue Beauty' is small, to 18" tall, with powdery
blue foliage. 'Variegata' has white splashes on the leaves and is often used in
Credits for this Page Based upon: Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M. J. (1992
onwards). ?The Families of Flowering Plants: Descriptions, Illustrations,
Identification, and Information Retrieval.? Version: 19th August 1999.
FloridaData.com Gernot Katzerís Spice Pages
Ruda Properties Favored by Aztec's
- Provokes Menstruation that is why it is very important that pregnant women
should refrain from using this herb.
- Calms pain associated with hepatitic colic or intestinal.
- Useful in Treating Nervous Diseases.
- Regulates Hearts Palpitations.
- Kills Lice and their Eggs(nits).
- and is also used for cleaning exposed ulcers, sores, wounds.
Aztec's Method of Use
- Drink 2 cups a day of the infusion made from 3 to 5 grams of
Fresh Ruda, to 1 liter of water. If You Use Dry Ruda Use Only Half the Dose.
- To Eliminate Lice and Nits: Apply a Strong Massage to the Head
after Washing with the following Treatment:
Boil 35 grams of Ruda, after
letting cool a while apply to head and soak well, then wrap with a linen or
cotton cloth, after 1 hour, comb well.
- To Clean Exposed Ulcers, Sores..etc,..:
Boil 20 to 30 grams of Ruda and Clean the Area.
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This presentation is not a guide to the identification of plants or their use
as a substitute for standard medical treatments.
Many plants with medicinal properties are also toxic and frequently
if taken at incorrect dosages or if not prepared in a specific fashion.
We do not advocate the consumption of reputed medicinal plant products
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