- Analgesic: Has a long history of use treating pain such as sciatica (applied externally), headache, and pain related to infection, such as earache.
- Anti-Fungal: Useful in treating fungal infections such as athletes foot and candida (in women who are not pregnant)
- Anti-Inflammatory: A cup or two of Rue tea every day reduces pain and inflammation in the joints.
- Anti-Spasmodic: Rue has calming and relaxing effect on the muscles. A remedy for anxiety, muscle pain, stiff neck, dizziness, headache (especially when nervous in nature), tightness in the stomach, and menstrual cramps. Narcotic to the nervous system, and has been used to treat neuromuscular disorders.
- Anti-Viral & Anti-Bacterial: In Mediterranean traditional medicine, used to treat pulmonary conditions, such as tuberculosis, to reduce swelling of the spleen, and to treat wounds. Also used to treat earache, when a burst eardrum has been excluded (traditionally heated in a pomegranate rind).
- Emetic tendencies: May cause vomiting if taken directly after eating.
- Emmenagogue, Abortifacient & Aphrodisiac: When taken in large doses (30 mg), Rue has a stimulating effect on the female reproductive system, and has a long history of use provoking menstruation and abortion.
- Insecticidal & Antiparasitic: Used for hundreds of years as an insect repellent. Taken internally, Rue oil has been used for treating intestinal worms.
- Potassium channel blocker: For treating arrhythmia.
- Remedy for Poison: Effective on neurotoxins and ineffective on hemotoxins. Induces vomiting in case of poisoning. Traditionally used to cure snake and insect bites or stings (which are neurotoxins)
- Rubefacient: Causes dilation of the capillaries, an increase in circulation, and reddening of the skin. Acro-narcotic.
- Sedative: calming epileptic and hysterical attacks. Rue oil contains neurotoxins, which induce numbness.
- Mild Stomachic: Has been used to treat colic and flatulence.
- Has a history of use for treating tired eyes and restoring eyesight.
Metaphysical Uses & Properties
- The Greeks considered nervous indigestion they suffered to be caused by witchcraft, and thus Rue to be an antimagical herb.
- An ingredient in 4 Thieves Vinagre
- In the Middle Ages in many parts of Europe Rue was a powerful defence against witches, and was used in many spells.
- It was also thought to bestow second sight.
- Rue and mint dream pillows are said to induce psychic dreams.
- The dried herb can be burnt with the intention to cleanse a space, object or person with it’s smoke.
- Sprigs can be hung over doorways and windows to cleanse and protect.
- Rue infused water can be used to clean and cleanse the home instead of cleaning products.
- Planting Rue around the place one lives can serve as a protection from unwanted energies, but for this purpose it is recommended to plant it oneself from seed. If one of these plants starts to die, it may signal that further energetic protection is necessary.
- Applied topically, Rue infusion or extract can serve as a glamour spell to ward off unwanted attention.
- Bathing with Rue extracts cleanses and helps to stimulate personal alignment.
- Carried on the person, a sprig of Rue can protect against the evil eye.
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