Digestive, carminative, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, oils and mother tinctures can be used for massages, useful in case of tendinitis, rheumatism, sprains, joint stiffness, rue has a beneficial action also on tired eyes, avoid home-made preparations because excessive doses may be toxic.
Rue, common rue or herb-of-grace, scientific name Ruta graveolens, is a plant of the Rutaceae family, well known and appreciated for its aroma so much that it is used as an ingredient for liqueurs and to flavor different dishes, but also for its beneficial properties. This plant, very useful in gardens because it helps keep away insects, mosquitoes, mice and vipers, is rich in essential oils that are characterized by a digestive, carminative, sedative, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory action. It can be applied in case of bad digestion, menstrual pain, but also to soothe tendinitis, sprains, rheumatism, soreness and stiffness of wrists, ankles and spinal column and eye strain. In small quantities, it is possible to add rue leaves to flavor your dishes. For what concerns herbal teas, oils or mother tinctures, that can be used internally, to give relief to tired eyes, in case of cramps and digestive difficulties, and externally for massages on sore areas, it is necessary to pay attention. Although the rue may be beneficial, an excessive or incorrect use may be toxic because the plant contains furanocoumarins, that are also photosensitizing, and rutarin. In addition to this, excessive use can cause abortion so do not use during pregnancy. It is not advised to use home preparations based on rue for the characteristics we just have seen, the best is to always contact your pharmacist or ask your doctor for advice. Finally, it is better not to handle the rue with bare hands because it may cause redness and blisters.