Information on Rue

Latin NameRuta graveolens
Other NamesGarden Rue
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsLiver
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy. May cause gastrointestinal irritation. Avoid prolonged sunlight exposure when taking this herb. Do not use this herb if you have poor kidney function.
Botanical InfoA strong scented herb in the Citrus family growing to three feet with divided leaves and small yellow flowers and a strong disagreeable odor. Native to the Mediterranean region.
DescriptionBecause of its rutin content, rue is considered useful for capillary fragility and varicose veins. It is also used internally and externally for eye inflammation. Rue is taken internally for suppressed menstruation, worms, and used as a gargle for sore throat.

Rue has a taste of BITTER, PUNGENT and a temperature of WARM.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup 1-2 x daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Rue

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Cataractsocular anti-inflammatorytincture, tea
Gastroenteritis
Wormsanthelmintictincture, tea
Varicose veinsvenous tonictincture, tea

References

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