Rue Essential Oil has a strong and bitter aroma. The plant is known as "Herb of Grace" and the Romans called it the Mars Herb.
Did you know that Rue was often associated with purifying and cleansing?
It was used during exorcisms and other spiritual rituals to ward off evil spirits.
Medicinally Rue was used in folk medicine to soothe digestion.
Today, Rue essential oil is not commonly used because if its safety concerns (read below), and it is extremely difficult to find.
Although, I would not use Rue Essential Oil on its own, I did want to include information on the oil since I do use it in a professionally prepared blend (see RutaVaLa ).
This section on Rue essential oil will tell you how to use it and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some history and safety precautions for you and your pet!
As I receive new tips and testimonials for Rue essential oil they will be added to the page, so check back frequently!
What is the Genus Species? Ruta graveolens
Why is this information important? There are over 40 different species of Rue. Even though species may share some similar properties they are not at all the same. And they are used for different purposes.
So please know your genus species when using and purchasing essential oils.
Where is the name derived from? Rue comes from a Greek word meaning "to regret bitterly".
Why is this Information so Important? It's not, it's just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves
What is the ORAC Value? I don't think it has been measured! But if you have any information on this, please let me know!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the Nazis during WWII developed a truth serum from Rue?
What are the Plant Properties? Antispasmodic and relaxing
What are the Documented Rue Benefits and Uses? Nervous afflictions, occasional sleeplessness, releasing stress, occasional menstrual (cramps and to promote),
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It is mentally calming and relaxing.
What is the Spiritual Influence? It is interesting that the ancient and modern definitions of Rue all include sorrow, regret and grief.
Therefore, there is no accident that this plant has been used for centuries to shed light on our own truth. This is especially the case where regret and grief are so deeply rooted in the body that these emotions have hidden our truth to the point of total self denial.
Self-denial on this level happens in situations of neglect or persecution where the body and mind need to suppress our memories (and the truth) in order to survive.
Rue helps us to release that grief and embrace our spiritual path so that we have the means to be empowered once again. Although, sometimes it is hard for us to look at, or know the truth of the matter, it is also the one thing that releases us energetically and allows us to move forward.
What Chakra is Affected? The root and heart chakras expand.
What is the Corresponding Chakra Color? Green.
How do I Use It?
First, this oil should never be used undiluted or internally.
Personally, from what I have read and researched, I would probably only use Rue in a blend that was professionally made.
Additionally, finding a good quality Rue oil would be extremely difficult, and even then, I'm still not sure if I would use it without extreme dilution or without another balancing oil.
With that said, please read below regarding safety precautions.
Can this Oil be used for Pets? No I would not use it as a single oil.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions?
Honestly, I can't quite get all the information I would like to have on Rue Essential Oil.
I know the herb and/or extracts from the herb can be toxic to ingest but normally the oil of the plant is quite different.
Also, the essential oil constituents are Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) according to the FDA.
This leaves some confusion and uncertainty to oil users and my readers; therefore, I am leaving it up to the professionals to prepare any blend containing this oil.
Women that are pregnant, are breast feeding or children should NOT use this oil. Rue should not used as a dietary supplement.
Rue is an irritant to the skin and mucous membranes; therefore caution is advised for any topical application. Dilution is required.
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Did you know that Rue was mentioned in Shakespeare’s play Ophelia?
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