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ALL THE BENEFITS OF RUE

ALL THE BENEFITS OF RUE

03 Sep
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Posted By: Anastasiya Times Read: 1056

COMMON NAME: Rue

LATIN NAME: Ruta Graveolens

HINDI NAME: Sudapa, Sadab

ORIGIN: Southern Europe, Mediterranean Region

HABITAT: Western Asia, Mediterranean Region, Africa, Southern Europe. The plant grows on dry, usually stony and gravelly slopes and rocks. In some countries, Rue is cultivated as a decorative, medicinal, and ethereal plant.

BOTANICAL INFORMATION: Fragrant rue (lat. Ruta graveolens) - a species of the genus rue (lat. Ruta) of the subfamily proper ruta (lat. Rutoideae), a family (lat. Rutaceae). The genus includes seven species, among which there are herbs or shrubs.

Rue is a perennial herb with a pronounced smell. It has a very firm stem and can reach a height of seventy centimeters. The plant has very interesting leaves- if to shine them through, it seems that they are all dotted with small holes. These points are glands with essential oil.

The flowers have green-yellow color. The fruit is a spherical tetrathecal box. Rue blooms in June - July.

Insects, usually small flower flies, pollinate the plant. This spice has a unique adaptations to cross pollination at the root are the ability of stamens and stalks to make certain movements during flowering, as a result of which they take a different position during this process.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION: Rue leaves contain essential oil, flavocolrutin, alkaloids, furonumarin, furocoumarins, xanthoxine, rutin, coumarin , umbelliferone, bergapten, flavonoids - rutin, quercetin, as well as organic acids (malic, valerianic) and vitamin C.

ACTIONS: Ruta Graveolens has a lot of positive effects on human’s body, including emmenagogue, antiarthritic, antibacterial, anticancer, antidiarrheal, antihysteric, antirheumatic, bitter, carminative, digestive, emetic, sedative, stimulant and stomachic.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • This Indian spice strengthens the whole body, increases immune system, fights viruses and bacteria, relieves body inflammation, cramps, stops bleeding, and promotes wound healing.
  • Ruta Graveolens decreases blood pressure and calms heart down, reducing the number of heart tightening.
  • Rue relieves spasms from the urinary and biliary tract, improves the outflow of bile, and relieves tension in gastrointestinal tract.
  • The root of the herb is helpful for the treatment of low acidity gastritis and stomach colics.
  • This amazing Mediterranean spice has unique detoxifying characteristic and is used even for snakebites.
  • Such conditions as neuralgia, lumbago, rheumatism are effectively cured with this fragrant herb.
  • People prefer to use Rue decoctions as a disinfectant for the treatment of conjunctivitis and inflammation of the eyelids.
  • This Mediterranean herb is used topically for skin rashes and other skin conditions.
  • Indian people used Rue root as a remedy for liver and heart diseases treatment. It is also a useful remedy for colds and coughs.

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Ruta Graveolens is not recommended to be used with hyperacid gastritis and peptic ulcer, uterine bleeding, colitis, acidity as well as during menstruation.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding period is another contraindication for using this herb.

HISTORY:

Even the ancient Greeks knew this spicy Indian plant.  According to some historical facts, the Greek philosopher Socrates, treated one of his friends to cheese with a Rue root.

Ruta Graveolens was considered a universal antidote. Monks relieved sexual desire with the help of this herb and it was also a favored plant in the monastery gardens. The root of Rue was valued mainly as an antidote, it was also used to fight the infectious diseases.

Rue gave the name to a useful medicinal substance: routine, which was isolated from it back in 1842.

*Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult with your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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