Ruta

RUTA

(ruta graveolens)

What is Ruta?

This herb has been used medicinally for centuries, although large doses should be avoided due to toxic side effects such as vomiting, fits, delirium and a swollen tongue.

Other names : Garden rue, herbygrass, ave-grace, herb-of-grace, bitter herb.

Description and places it grows in :

A hardy, evergreen plant; native to southern Europe, introduced to Britain by the Romans. Prefers a dry, partially-shaded environment, produces yellow-green flowers and has a strong, pungent smell bordering on the offensive.

Parts used : The sap from the green parts of the plant prior to flowering.

Homeopaths may prescribe this remedy for :

  • Bone and joint injuries/disorders such as synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membranes lining joints), rheumatism, fractures and dislocations.

  • Injuries to the tendons, ligaments and muscles such as strains and sprains. Displaying the following symptoms : Excruciating, deep, tearing pain.

  • Eye strain. Displaying the following symptoms : Tired, aching eyes; inflammation; redness; headache.

  • Chest pains. Displaying the following symptoms : Painful, deep coughs.

People requiring this remedy will feel worse :

In cold, damp weather; when resting; whilst exercising outside.

People requiring this remedy will feel better :

In a warm environment; with gentle movement indoors.

People suitable for this remedy :

Usually suffer from depression and anxiety when ill.

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