What is Ruta Graveolens Plant? (Rue
• Ruta Graveolens plant contains rutin, which strengthens the walls
of blood vessels, prevents internal bleeding, lowers blood pressure
and improves blood circulation in the hands and feet. In addition to
rutin, rue herb contains some substances that might be helpful
against multiple sclerosis, but such benefit of Ruta Graveolens is still
• Rue Herb (Ruta graveolens) is a plant of the rue family (Rutaceae).
Since rue has a long history as a medicinal herb, it is assumed that
its botanical name “Ruta” comes from the Greek word“rhutos”,
which means “protected”.
Rue originates from the Mediterranean, and in the early Middle
Ages, Benedictines brought her to Central Europe. Today, it is
widespread in the Mediterranean countries, Central and Southern
Europe, North America and Australia. In the Mediterranean region
it grows wild in the warm, dry, rocky and calcareous soils, while in
other areas it is grown. Some time ago ruta graveolens was much
cultivated in gardens as an ornamental, spice and medicinal herb.
Today, it is the most widely grown only as an ornamental plant, and
there are cultivars with blue, gold or colorful leaves.
Ruta Graveolens Plant – Herb Rue
• Hildegard von Bingen has often described anti-aphrodisiac action of the plant and recommend it
against watery eyes and melancholy. As a traditional herb that helps prevent vision loss, Ruta
Graveolens was appreciated by students, writers, sculptors and painters. Leonardo da Vinci and
Michelangelo have even claimed that it improved their eye and creative vision. Rue herb was
appreciated also by Sebastian Kneipp who had recommended it as a mean of strengthening of the
body (similar to Cordyceps Sinensis Benefits) and against clogged veins.
• Rue has an aromatic odor and sharp, bitter taste, and which comes from the essential oil (please
read here about patchouli essential oil), which has from 0.05 to 0.07% in euta graveolens. Essential
oil ruta greveolens is toxic, but because it contains substances and have antibiotic and disinfectant
action, its essential oil is used in cosmetics and perfume industry. In addition to essential oils, rue
herb contains organic acids, mainly malic, vitamin C, iron and mineral salts, little tannin, bitter
substances, resins, rubber, alkaloids, coumarins and flavonoids, the most rutin and quercetin.
Rutin, which is located in rue protects blood vessels and prevents bleeding as a result of high blood
pressure, varicose veins and edema in the extremities. Since it rutin is for the first time found in
ruta greaveolens, hence the name. The plant also contains furocoumarins that promote tanning
due to sun, but they also have some unintended consequences. More recently, in the ruta
graveolens is found a substance that could potentially help against multiple sclerosis and prevent
pregnancy, but such action of ruta graveolens plant is is still being investigated.
Although common rue contaisn toxic essential oil, it has numerous medicinal properties and has
long been used in folk medicine. In medicinal purposes are used fresh or dried above-ground parts
of the plant, and usually only flowering tops and leaves only. In folk medicine of Eastern countries
the seeds of rue herb are used(we highly recommend “Chia Seeds Benefits and Side Effects”
article) and often against intestinal parasites.
Benefits of Ruta Graveolens Plant – Rue H
Head: Prevents rush of blood to the head, and helps against dizziness and headaches caused by eye
problems – pars plana vitrectomy,accommodative esotropia, etc.Eyes: Strengthens eyesight and
helps prevent fatigue and sore eyes.Ears: Helps the pain in ears.Respiratory organs: Disinfects
lining the mouth and throat and helps prevent colds, coughs, sore throats and throat, bronchial
asthma and wheezing.Heart: Helps with non-proper and increased heart rate.Blood: Purifies the
blood and strengthens the immune system.Blood vessels: Strengthens the walls of blood vessels,
improves blood circulation, regulates blood pressure and helps prevent varicose veins and
atherosclerosis.Digestion: Stimulates appetite and improves digestion, especially the digestion of
fatty foods.Stomach: Increases the secretion of gastric juices and helps prevent cramps and pain in
the stomach.Hoses: Disinfects intestines, prevents bloating and gas in the intestines and helps
prevent intestinal parasites, cramps and pain in the gut.Liver and gallbladder: Cleanses the liver
and increases the secretion of bile.The kidneys and bladder: Cleanses the kidneys and bladder,
promotes better functioning of the kidneys and urinary output, and helps against a strong urge to
urinate and dropsy.Bones and joints: Helps the pain of sprains, dislocations, rheumatism and
gout.Gynecology: In small quantities, ruta graveolens regulates menstruation and helps against
menstrual problems.Muscles: Helps prevent cramps in the arms and legs.Mental disorders: Calms
nerves and helps against hysteria, nervousness and insomnia – similar to hericium
erinaceus.Nerves: Helps against neuralgia, sciatica, neck pain and lumbago, and allegedly
epilepsy.Skin: Promotes sweating, disinfects the skin and helps with minor wounds, rashes, ulcers