Rue

Rue

Rue

Rue (Ruta Graveolens) is a perennial herb which has greyish green leaves and yellow flowers and grows to around a couple of feet high. It likes dry soil and sunny, hot conditions. It’s native to North Africa and Southern Europe but also now grows in North America.

Rue is known as the queen of herbs and can be used in food as a flavouring for meat, egg or cheese dishes. However, it should be noted that it has quite a bitter taste so may not be to everyone’s liking. It is also toxic in high doses and should not be used by pregnant women. Rue essential oil is also toxic and so care should be taken not to ingest. That being said, rue can be used to assist with a range of health issues and has been known as a healing and protective herb since ancient times. It has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and is used to help with headaches, nerves, back pain and varicose veins. Rue can be made into a poultice and then applied to the back to help relieve sciatica.

Cats and dogs don’t like rue and will avoid it in your garden. It also discourages insects such as beetles or slugs and has been used as a flea repellent.

Rue is a useful herb in magick and has the quality of fire, being associated with the astrological sign of Leo, with Saturn and with Diana and Hecate. It’s main use is for protection and exorcism. It used to be hung above windows and in doorways to keep out evil spirits and it was also known as witchbane because it was believed to repel witches. If you wish to use rue for protection then you could grow some near the doors of your property to repel any negativity or you could use dried leaves in sachet in the home. Rue has also been drank in teas as part of a spell to break hexes and also used to make a floor wash to remove curses. It is believed to help with healing and health – both to protect against illness and to speed up recovery. You can also use rue in your magickal work to attract and encourage love into your life and may want to carry some leaves in a sachet in your purse.

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