Rue: Calling Upon the Herb of Grace

The herb of rue is alternately known as the herb of grace.  And true to this beautiful moniker, rue boasts both beauty and sublime flexibility in its many and varied uses.  Although not a household name today, rue is an herb used and respected by ancient civilizations.  It has survived today as one of the most practical, helpful herbs available on the market.

What to look for:
Rue is an herb known for its startling, vibrant hues.  According to Botanical.Com, its leaves shine a vibrant shade of bluish-green, while its flowers radiate a luminous greenish-gold.  This woody-stemmed herb ranks among the oldest garden plants in England.  It is also famous (or one might even say notorious) for its nasty taste and disagreeable odor.

How Mother Nature loves it:
Surprisingly, poor soil is actually needed to grow really good rue; make that poor, dry, rubbishy soil, in a partially sheltered area. Effective propagation can be achieved by raking the planted rows and keeping them free of weeds, and by the careful taking and insertion of cuttings and rooted slips.

How to use it:
Since ancient times, rue has been known to treat any number of diseases and disorders.  Hippocrates even recommended rue, and used it as an essential ingredient in an antidote to counteract the effects of poison.  In more everyday uses, rue has been used to combat nervous indigestion, chronic bronchitis, coughs, colic and croup, flatulence, headache, epilepsy, various forms of muscle pain and joint conditions, and vertigo, and to promote better, clearer eyesight and calmer nerves.  It is, in fact, regarded as a strong antispasmodic, and has even been used to treat hysterical fits and palpitations.  Ancient physicians often suggested that patients be “anointed” with the herb rue, as a deterrent to any number of ills—physical and physiological–and to assure the overall state of their health and the sanctity of their body and soul.

Rue also remedies diseases in cattle and poultry, and serves as an insect repellent.  This powered herb is also known as a strong defense against nature-borne contagions among both people and animals.

In the kitchen, cooks sometimes sprinkle rue on their salads and in teas.

Rue also has a timeless reputation, having been mentioned in the works of Chaucer and other classic literary tomes—including none other than Richard III by William Shakespeare.  The powerful herb was also used as a part of ancient religious ceremonies in various cultures, and even as a supposed, surefire deterrent against witchcraft and black magic in some countries.

You yourself can experience the magic of rue; a powerful herb used throughout the centuries to cure, comfort, feed and heal.  Do yourself a favor and pick up the rue herb today!

Sonya Lee

Since a child, Sonya has been traveling from the corners of Canada to the far east Asia. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she led a normal family life with her brother, mother and dad. A well received job opportunity in Hong Kong for her father put the compass in action from a young age. Sonya loves good food, and I mean GOOD simple food. She loves an occasional drink, be merry and enjoy the good times. Having recently healed herself from a large ruptured cyst, her favorite foods include fresh carrot juice, grilled vegetables, sauteed portabello mushrooms and truffle french fries. Her philosophy? Healthy food makes a healthy body. Read more on the Editor page. When she's not fretting over WAFT, she runs a small design agency called mowie media and shares the good times with her dog, Monster and 3 cats Sabi, Kaeli & Misty.

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