Ruta fragrant, or odorous

Name: Ruta fragrant, or odorous



A perennial herbaceous plant, sometimes a grayish-green semi-shrub. Stem and leaves bluish green. Stem straight, branched. The leaves are alternate, thick, double- or triple-pinnately dissected. The flowers are yellow-green, collected in semi-umbellate inflorescence. The fruit is a four-five-cell box with black angular seeds. Blooms in June-August. The plant is fragrant.

Medicinal raw material is a herb collected during the flowering period. The whole plant has a strong, peculiar smell, which is unpleasant in nature, but when dried, it turns into an aroma reminiscent of the aroma of a rose. The taste is sharp, bitter.

A fresh plant contains from 0.1 to 0.15% of essential oil and rutin glycoside, which has the ability to lower blood pressure and strengthen fragile peripheral blood vessels (capillaries).

In folk medicine, they drink a decoction of herbs for heart diseases, nervous system disorders, dizziness, headaches associated with vasospasm, exhaustion of the body, abdominal pain (spasms), poor digestion in the stomach, convulsions, hysteria, epilepsy, and epileptiform convulsions in babies, diarrhea, fever, uterine bleeding, rheumatism.

Externally, fresh rue juice is used for wounds and purulent conjunctivitis, as an antidote for snake bites.

Diluted fresh juice of the herb or its decoction is used as a lotion for festering eyes. The same juice, decoction or powder from the herb, mixed with honey, is applied to wounds and bruises with bruises. In addition, fragrant rue is a good refreshing agent for the mouth (the plant is chewed).

The juice of the plant is most effective, therefore it is recommended to preserve it for the winter by mixing 1 part of the juice (or leaves) with 6 parts of alcohol and, after keeping it for 10 days in a warm and dark place, strain it (if the juice is made from leaves). The dose is the same as when using the tincture.

In homeopathic medicine, fresh rue grass, collected before flowering, is used for articular rheumatism, sciatica, and as a uterine remedy.

The leaves are used to flavor drinks, as well as an antidote for snake bites.


Decoction: 5 or 10 g per 200 ml; 1 st. spoon 3 times every day.

Tincture: 15%; 10-15 drops 3 times a day, with headaches, lack of appetite and other stomach diseases.

Tea from the infusion of rue leaves and valerian root, taken in equal parts (1/4 cup of the mixture is poured with boiling water). During the day, the patient drinks 1 glass of such tea, with hysteria they give it to drink in sips.

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