Ruta odorous

Name: Ruta odorous


SMELLING RUTE (Ruta graveolens L.) For medicinal purposes, the aerial part and leaves of the plant are mainly used. Rue grass is harvested during the flowering period, cutting off young shoots with leaves and flowers with scissors. It will be necessary to work with fresh rue in rubber gloves, as it causes allergies, manifested in the form of skin rashes. Dried grass does not have this effect. Dry in attics, under sheds or in dryers at a temperature of 25-30°C. Fresh grass has an unpleasant smell, dried – a delicate aroma reminiscent of the smell of a rose. The shelf life of raw materials is 1 year.


The acronicin contained in the plant has antitumor activity. Essential oil, alkaloids and some furocoumarins have anticonvulsant, sedative, antispasmodic, antiseptic, tonic and photosensitizing effects.


In dentistry – as an anti-inflammatory. Infusion, decoction exhibit antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, have a fungistic effect. Roots. In diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Aerial part. Raw material for the production of numerous galenical products and rutin. In scientific medicine – with spasmophilia, hysteria, pneumonia; as anticonvulsant and sedative; with dysmenorrhea and helminthiases. Was part of the product “Akofit” for the treatment of rheumatism, sciatica, lumbago, plexitis, neuritis of infectious origin. Alcohol extract (essence) in homeopathy – for chronic arthritis, articular rheumatism, gout, sciatica, neuralgia. In folk medicine, a decoction is a tonic, tonic, detoxifying; with atherosclerosis, asthenia, epilepsy, neurosis (especially menopausal), to improve vision, with gastric colic, hypacid gastritis, bronchitis, metrorrhagia, diarrhea, alopecia; as diaphoretic, sokogonnoe, abortifacient. In Bulgaria – with blepharitis, conjunctivitis, spasms of the accommodative muscle, dysmenorrhea, arrhythmia, tachycardia, heart failure, hemorrhoids, skin rashes. Outwardly in the form of rinses – with papillomas of the larynx; lotions – with bruises, damage to the periosteum, paralysis of the facial nerve; baths – with scrofula, rickets. Juice – detoxification for rabid dog bites. Juice or powder (with honey) – for bruises, hematomas, conjunctivitis; as a wound healer. Infusion (in Provence oil), “rue oil”, – for dizziness, arrhythmias, tachycardia, stomach cramps, convulsions, hysteria, asthenia, epilepsy, flatulence, amenorrhea. Essential oil (poisonous in large doses) – anticonvulsant, bactericidal, anesthetic, anthelmintic, abortive; stimulates contraction of the myometrium. “Rutovaya water” (rinse) – with ulcerative stomatitis, salivation; poultices – with tumors of the glands, malignant ulcers. In Indian medicine as a tonic, for the treatment of impotence and as an antiseptic; externally – for the treatment of ozena, purulent and chronic wounds, boils, ulcers, scabies; with rheumatism, rickets, allergies. Leaves. In Chinese medicine – anti-inflammatory, sedative, antispasmodic; with headache, spasmophilia, pneumonia, asthenia, rheumatism; as a detox for snake bites; externally in the form of an ointment – for scabies and other skin diseases. In Indian medicine – with hysteria, colic, intestinal atony. In folk medicine, decoction, infusion – for dysmenorrhea, rabies, hysteria, flatulence, helminthiasis, headache, dizziness, metrorrhagia, spasms of the stomach and intestines, urolithiasis; anticonvulsant, abortifacient. Outwardly – with scabies, bruises, conjunctivitis; locally – wound healing. Fresh leaves – for headaches, rheumatism. Seeds. In small doses they promote digestion, in large doses they are abortive.


♦ Infusion of rue herb: 10 g of raw material is poured into 200 ml of boiling water, insisted, then filtered. Take 1 tablespoon 3 times every day.♦ Rue herb tincture: prepared with 40% alcohol in a ratio of 1:10. It is applied externally. CONTRAINDICATIONS AND POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: the plant is poisonous, therefore it will be necessary to strictly observe the dosage. Signs of poisoning: salivation, swelling of the tongue, acute gastrointestinal upset, slow pulse, lower body temperature, loss of consciousness. Possible death. In order to quickly remove the poison from the body, it is recommended to give diaphoretics, do enemas, and take mild stimulants. Rue herb is contraindicated for pregnant women and children. External use of rue sometimes causes skin burns.


The leaves are used as a spice for flavoring tea, cocktails, drinks, sausages, sauces. Cranberry drinks and black bread sandwiches with cheese harmonize especially well with the spicy bitterness inherent in rue. The flowers are used as a spice. Give yellow paint. Methylnonylketone and methylheptylketone isolated from rue essential oil can serve as a raw material for the synthesis of aromatic substances used in perfumery. Insecticide for flies and mosquitoes. Widely cultivated in all subtropical and tropical regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. In Western Europe, the culture of rue has been known since the Middle Ages.


Ruta propagates directly by sowing seeds into the ground or growing seedlings, as well as dividing the bush and cuttings. Place it outside the crop rotation. Under the main plowing, a full dose of mineral fertilizers is applied. Plowing is carried out to a depth of 40-50 cm. Before the sowing field is cultivated, harrowed and rolled. Sow in October – November or March in a wide row. Row spacing is 70-100 cm. Seeding rate is 4-5 kg/ha, planting depth is 2-3 cm. After germination, cultivation and thinning in rows are carried out. During the growing season, 3-4 more row-spacing cultivations and 2-3 weedings in rows are carried out simultaneously with loosening. Plantation maintenance consists of keeping it loose and free of weeds and fertilizing.

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