Family Name: Rutaceae
Botanical Name(s): Ruta graveolens
Popular Name(s): Rue, Garden Rue, German Rue, Herb-Of-Grace,
Countryman's Treacle, Herbygrass
Parts Used: Herb
Habitat: Common rue is found in Europe.
Description: Common rue is a hardy, evergreen plant with a woody
stem at the lower part. Its leaves are alternate, bipinnate or
tripinnate, bluish-green in colour. The flowers, which blossom from June
to September, are yellow in colour, with 4-5 petals and about 1 cm
diameter. Its fruits are 4-5 lobed capsules containing numerous seeds.
Uses: Common rue has anthelmintic, antiseptic, antispasmodic and
carminative properties. It is used to relieve pain in gout and
rheumatism. It can be used as an ointment also for external use. Its
infusion is used to eliminate worms.