Rue, Ruta graveolens ‘The Herb of Grace’
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: This hardy perennial has gorgeous blue green foliage with artfully shaped small lobed leaves. Flowers are yellow and it grows to about 15 inches. It can take most soil types, from rich garden soil to very well drained soils.
PART USED: above ground portion
FUNCTION: Popular in Central and South America, where it is used for spiritual healing. I have participated in a rue ritual that precipitated a cure of a boil on my elbow going away by just eating a partial leaf every day for 7 days. Extremely bitter and cooling, it get’s your liver moving to assist in what ails you! I eat a small portion of a leaf a few times a week to move my blood and assist in liver function. Rue carries a high vibration and is used in the southern countries to ward off evil.