Rue also has a long, interesting history. Its genus name, ruta, comes from the Greek “reuo” which means “to set free,” suggesting rue’s reputation for treating disease.
For many centuries, the Rue Plant was used as an antidote to poisons and insect bites. Some Romans ate rue thinking it would improve their eyesight.
Rue was considered a powerful herb by the Greeks, who believed eating it when around foreigners would ease nervous indigestion. That, in turn, suggested a sort of witchcraft in foreigners, so rue was thereby considered anti-magical. The Greeks also used rue to stimulate uterine and nervous systems.
In the Middle Ages, rue was believed to be effective against witches and their spells, and also useful in warding off the plague.
USDA Planting Zones: Zones 4 to 9
Sunset Western Gardening Zones: 2 to 24
The Herb Rue grows to be 2 to 3 feet tall and just as wide, with blue-green fernlike leaves. The Rue plants flower in their second year.
Rue plants will self seed and spread. Dead head the plants to keep it under control.
Healthy, growing Rue needs well-drained garden soil.
If your garden soil is acidic, add lime to neutralize the pH.
Rue can be propagated from tip cuttings taken in autumn and started in moist sand.
Rue seeds should planted in flats and be exposed to light, not buried. Sow on the soil surface.
Rue seeds that are planted in spring should germinate in about 14 days.
Rue Tea Recipe: Boil the water first then pour boiled water over one Tbsp. of the dried herb. Steep for five to ten minutes. Do not boil the herb in water as this destroys the properties of the herb. Drink 3-4 times daily.
The following are some possibilities for the use of Rue Tea.
Rue tea may help treat coughs.
Rue tea may help in the treatment of colic or stomach aches.
Rue tea may help in the treatment of epilepsy.
Rue tea may help encourage the flow of menstrual blood in women.
Rue tea may help fight panicky headaches and spasms.
Rue tea may is said to help relieve palpitations.
Rue tea, applied topically, may help alleviate certain eye problems.
Rue tea, applied topically, is said to help treat insect bites.
Rue has been used throughout the Americas, Europe and areas of the world to induce miscarriage. Two chemical substances are present in the Rue herb are responsible for this claim.
Don't be foolish and expect Rue tea to solve your contraceptive issues.
Consult a medical professional.
Individuals who have poor kidney functions should not use rue. It may cause kidney irritation or liver degeneration.
Rue tea should not be taken by pregnant and nursing women.
Wear gardening gloves when working with Rue in the garden. Rue sap can cause skin irritation in some people.
When using Rue, low doses are the rule.
Used in large doses, the herb Rue can cause vomiting, mental confusion, prostration and convulsive twitching.
Rue may lead to severe sunburn.