Ruta graveolens



THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: Antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, analgesic (numbing is a better description), poison antidote, insect repellent, sedative (some describe it as so powerful that it qualifies as a neurotoxin when not used sparingly), antispasmodic, antiparasitic.

AFFINITY FOR:nervous system, intestinal tract

RESONANCE: physical, spiritual


PART UTILIZED: above ground plant

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Always use as a small part of a blend. A very beneficial essential oil used in this way.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Not recommended for diffusing.

EMOTIONAL – SPIRITUAL – MENTAL ASPECTS: Regret and grief may exert such an influence that pain seems to be a part of our cellular structure. In fact, recent scientific evidence points to our cells as having the capacity to think and to feel. Such deeply felt pain can obscure our vision and alter our perspective. Truth becomes relative to our experience of pain. We either indulge in denial, suppressing memory, or rewrite the truth in order to survive or to seek vengeance. Rue, combined synergistically with the right combination of other essential oils, can help us root out the energy blockage that our grief and pain have created.

PHYSICAL ASPECT: As part of an essential oil blend, rue relaxes the nerves and induces restful sleep. Formulas containing rue are used for hysteria, anxiety, anger management, insomnia, and pain relief. It is, of course, the toxicity and strength of rue that make it effective as an insect repellent, Antimicrobial (including fungus and viruses), and an antidote to poison.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Rue is considered by many in the essential oil world to be on the “do not use ever” list. Others, like Dr. Gary Young, advocate its use topically as part of an essential oil formula (not as a single essential oil) and claim that the properties of the essential oil are much different—and safer—than the properties of the herb. Extra special caution is advised with pregnant or lactating women and with children. Some texts refer to rue, however, as effective with epilepsy and seizure disorders. Again, extreme caution is advised for use of rue as a single essential oil. The name of this herb—rue—comes from a Greek word meaning “to regret bitterly.” Both ancient and modern texts concerning this plant all include references to sorrow, regret, and grief. The Nazis, during WWII developed a truth serum from rue.

CAUTIONS: Care should be taken in the handling of rue essential oil. Direct contact with the skin, undiluted, is strongly advised against. Extreme care should be taken to avoid getting rue in the eyes. Ingestion and the taking of very direct whiffs of rue essential oil is not advised.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.


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