The many medicinal properties of the common rue plant were already known by Dioscorides (1st century A.D.). It was cultivated in monastery cloisters during the middle ages since it was regarded to have antiaphrodisiac properties. At present, it is still used for several female disorders.
Common Rue Scientific Facts
- Scientific Name – Ruta graveolens L.
- Other Names – Rue, herb of grace.
- French – Rue, peganion.
- Spanish – Ruda.
- Environment – Native to the Mediterranean countries and Asia Minor, where it grows in dry, rocky soils, it has been cultivated in other warm regions of Europe and America.
- Description – Vivacious, herbaceous plant of the Rutaceae family, growing up from 0.6 to 1 m high, with yellow-greenish flowers which gather in umbels. Common rue has a very peculiar intense color.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally – The flower clusters.
Gynecological conditions – Common rue contains an essence rich in methyl-n-nonyl ketone, with vigorous oxytocic activity (it contracts the uterus) and emmenagogue properties. Thus, it is used for amenorrhea (lack of menstruation), once this lack is ascertained not to be caused by pregnancy; and for weak, irregular, or painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea).
Antihemorrhagic – This plant contains rutin or rhutosid (vitamin P), which increases blood capillary vessels’ resistance and can stop some internal hemorrhages. However, the cause of this bleeding must always be determined before taking rue.
How to use Common Rue
- Infusion with 2-5 grams of plant per liter of water. Drink two cups daily. For menstrual disorders, drink it the week before menstruation is expected.
- Essence – The recommended dose is 2-3 drops per day.
- Compresses soaked in a concentrated infusion (10-20 grams per liter of water) and applied directly to the affected skin area.
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 637. Print.