The rue is a medicinal plant whose scientific name is Ruta graveolens and that can be used to assist in the treatment of varicose veins, in infestations by parasites, such as lice and fleas, or in the relief of menstrual pain, since it can act on blood vessels, in addition to to have healing, deworming and analgesic properties.
All parts of the rue can be used, however the greatest amount of substances that guarantee rue benefits of this plant are found in the leaves, which are normally used to make tea. The rue can be found in health food stores, online stores or in handling pharmacies.
What is the rue for
The rue benefits has analgesic, calming, healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and deworming properties, and can be used as a way to complement the treatment of various diseases and situations, such as:
- Varicose veins
- Rheumatic pains
- Menstrual cramps
- Excess gases
- Changes in the menstrual cycle, such as amenorrhea or menorrhagia
- In addition, rue can help fight lice, fleas, scabies and worms due to the vermifuge property, in addition to facilitating the absorption of vitamin C, helping to improve immunity.
All parts of the plant can be used, however to make tea it is usually indicated to use the leaves of the rue, since it is where the greatest amount of properties is found.
Thus, to make rue tea, it is recommended to add 1 handful of dried rue leaves in 1 cup of boiling water and leave for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then let it warm, strain and drink afterwards.
Side effects and contraindications
Rue tea is contraindicated for women who are pregnant, as this plant can also have a stimulating effect. In addition, it is important that rue consumption be made according to the doctor’s or herbalist’s indication, because large amounts can lead to adverse effects, such as tremors, gastroenteritis, seizures, vomiting, abdominal pain, salivation and photosensitivity.