(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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