Rue (Ruta graveolens) pure essential oil
Rue, also known as herb-of-grace and, less commonly, witchbane, is a low-growing shrubby evergreen perennial herb native to Southern Europe. In New Mexico, rue has been used as a tea for ailments such as stiff neck, dizziness, headache, tightness in the stomach, and inner ear problems. The oil has a strong, bitter taste and has been used for the treatment of intestinal worms. Rue Essential Oil has a sharply herbaceous, distinctly fruity orange-like scent, with a characteristic bitter acrid back note.
Rue has a long history of use as a cleansing herb. It was a common herb believed to keep away witches, and that folk use evolved into the Catholic Church’s practice of dipping branches of rue into Holy water and sprinkling it over the heads of parishioners as a blessing, which earned it a common name for the plant of “herb of grace.” Rue is a powerful plant ally for protection, cleansing, healing and love work. It is also purported to be one of the ingredients in Thieves Vinegar, used to ward off the Black Plague and was hung over doorways and windows to keep out evil spirits, and rubbed on the floors to keep out pests. Today, rue is worn in or placed over the doorway to protect from the evil eye. Rue can be used in a variety of ways for banishing and warding to protect from disease and other negative influences, may be placed over the third eye to assist with developing second sight and encourage psychic abilities. Rue also has a history of being used for cursing.
Rue is toxic when ingested in large doses, and should be taken to treat medical problems only under the approval and supervision of a physician. Wear protective gloves when handling rue. The plant juices contain furanocoumarins, which sensitizes the skin to light and can cause dermatitis or blisters.
This is the Rue essential oil we use in some of our spiritual creations. European wildcrafted, steam distilled.
5ml amber glass apothecary dropper bottle