Rue (Ruta graveolens) Non-Native

Rue (Ruta graveolens)

Parts used: aerial portions

Medicinal uses: To treat menstrual disorders, spasms, loss of appetite, dyspeptic complaints, circulatory disorders, fever, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, inflamed mucosa, toothache, hysteria, arthritis, sprains, injuries, and skin diseases. Also used as a uterine stimulant, and formerly used to improve and stabilize wine of bad quality (Chevallier 364).

Additional uses: The dried seed heads can be used in flower and herb arrangements. Tradition states that rue should not be planted near basil, sage, or cabbage, though it is said to enhance the growth of figs (Kowalchik 434-5)

Cautions: Can be toxic if taken in excess. Never take during pregnancy. Fresh plant can cause dermatitis. If taken internally, can cause an allergic skin reaction to sunlight (Chevallier 264).

Rue Ruta graveolens

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