Ruta is a genus of strongly scented evergreen subshrubs, 20–60 cm tall, in the family Rutaceae, native to the Mediterranean region, Macaronesia and southwest Asia. There are perhaps 8 to 40 species in the genus. The most well-known species is Ruta graveolens (the Common Rue).
Health Benefits of Rue
Rue assists the body to combat against fungal infections such as athlete’s food and dermatitis. Use the rue directly on the skin depending on the severity of infection especially one suffering from athlete’s foot. It provides relief from itchy skin.
Rue has anti-fungal properties that help to cure de-complexion of the skin and offers beautiful and clear skin. The anti-oxidant properties ensure that skin wards off free radicals which causes premature ageing of the skin.
The essential oil and extracts which are often used to eliminate lice infestation. Its regular use repels pesky little parasites from hair.
Acts as a sedative
It is effective to calm hysteric and epileptic attacks due to its sedative properties. It soothes nerves by inducing numbness as it is neurotoxin.
The anti-bacterial properties help to eliminate bacteria. The tea prepared with this herb combat urinary tract, colon and intestine infections. It prevents the chances of food poisoning and salmonella.
Rue is beneficial for those suffering from muscle pain. It is a remedy for muscle pain, menstrual cramps and anxiety.
Rue lowers inflammation caused by arthritis. Daily intakes of 1 to 2 cups of Rue herb tea assist to ease stiff muscles and relieve joint pains.
Treat fungal infections
Rue herb combats skin issues and skin infections caused by fungus. The common fungal infections include athlete’s foot and nail fungus.
The herb has calming properties. It provides relief from tension and anxiety. The herbalist uses it to treat nervous headaches, dizziness, general tension and anxiety. Tea offers sound sleep.
Rue has emenagogue properties that stimulates menstruation and promotes regularity of woman’s cycle.
The herb is useful for hysterical affections, croupy affections, coughs, flatulence, colic and acts as a mild stomachic.
Apply the leaves eases the severe pain of sciatica.
Apply the fresh leaves to temples to provide relief from headache.
Applying the plant decoction to the chest helps chronic bronchitis.
It is used for treating eye problems, dermatitis, rheumatism, inflammatory diseases and pain.
Locals use it with honey for treating tremors, paralysis, nervine disorders and joint pain.
Use the decoction to relieve flatulence, colitis and flatulent colitis.
Use the leaves infusion as nasal drop for treating infantile paralysis.
Use it in form of poultice for dislocations, rheumatic pain, varicose veins, tendon strains and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
The decoction stimulates menstruation.
It is also used for stiff neck, gastric disorders, headache and dizziness.
Infusion is used for treating flatulence, coughs and hysterical affections.
The plant juice is used to treat earaches.
Chew the leaf to provide relief from nervous headaches, giddiness and palpitations.
It is used for treating varicose veins and improves eyesight.
Brew tea from the leaves and use it as a body wash to kill lice.
It has anti-fungal properties that help in treating fungal infections of skin such as dermatitis and athlete’s foot.
It provides relief from stomach cramps and also eases varicose veins.
It eliminates intestinal worms.