Scientific Name: Ruta Graveolens
Ruta graveolens, known more commonly as rue, common rue or herb-of-grace is a native to the Balkans. Essentially a garden plant, it is also grown for its medicinal qualities. It is also cultivated as a condiment, and as an insect repellent.
Rue was used widely earlier and found several mentions in ‘Old English Herbals’, a famous book about herbs and plants written by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde. But gradually, its usage declined due to its toxicity and bitter taste. Rue was mostly used for its antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. This rue herb plant has a special place in European folk medicine and is still used widely.
According to the “Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database,” Ruta gravealens or rue contains alkaloids, which have anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-fertility and antihistamine properties. Rue also contains a plant compound called rutin, which is an antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage.
Rue helps our body fight against fungal infections such as dermatitis and athletes’ foot. Depending on the severity of the infection, rue can be used directly on the skin, especially when one is suffering from athletes’ foot. It also provides instant relief from itchy skin.
For Clearer Skin
The anti-fungal properties of rue also helps it to cure de-complexion of the skin, to reveal a more beautiful and clear skin.The anti-oxidant properties of rue ensures that your skin wards off free radicals that cause premature ageing of the skin, keeping your skin looking young and happy. This is why rue oil is often used in spas for providing therapeutic facial steams.
For Lice Free Hair
Being an effective insecticide, rue essential oil and extracts are often used to get rid of a lice infestation. Regular use of this oil can repel those pesky little parasites from your hair and help you stay itch free!
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A number of spas use rue oil for hair treatment, to give you hair that shines with health. This is the perfect recipe for healing damaged hair.
Rue is effective in calming hysteric and epileptic attacks due to its sedative properties. It helps in desensitizing and relaxing the nerves while inducing numbness because of its neurotoxin content.
The appropriate dose of Rue on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Rue. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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