Medicinal plant with the effect of strengthening blood vessels, being used as a foot bath in cases of varicose veins.


Portuguese name: rue, domestic rue, garden rue, stinking rue
Binomial name: Ruta graveolens L.
French name: rue des gardens
English name: common Rue, herb-of-Grace, rue
German name: Weinraute
Name Italian: ruta comune
Spanish name: Ruda




Flavonoids (rutin), furanocoumarins, carotenoids, furanoquinolones, essential oil, tannins

parts used

Branch (leaves and stem).


It inhibits the proliferation and survival of cancer cells, and may be used in the future in the development of new anticancer molecules.

It acts weakly as an antiparasitic, not being effective in the complete elimination of parasites and as an antimicrobial, reaching only a certain group of bacteria (Gram positive).

It has a beneficial effect in cases of circulatory problems caused by atherosclerosis.


– Varicose veins (in the form of a foot scald, as it increases the resistance of blood vessels).

Intake of rue infusions is not recommended due to side effects and its hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity). Its internal use should only be done with medical supervision and in low doses.

Used for many years by indigenous peoples and today by many populations as an antiparasitic, in cases of missed menstruation, vermifuge, antipyretic, insect repellent and abortifacient. In addition to being known to scare away the evil eye.

Secundary effects

Scientific studies are still contradictory regarding the exact effect of rue on infertility and pregnancy. Some report that rue contributes to a woman’s fertility, as it makes pre-implantation and embryonic transport difficult. Others disagree with the effect of infertility, but claim that they can lead to the death of the fetus without expelling it.

Rue can still cause serious skin burns when exposed to the sun.


It is not recommended for use during pregnancy, lactation, by children under 10 years old and by people with liver problems.


No interactions reported at this time.

Rat study demonstrated hepatotoxicity and foetotoxicity.


External use
– Foot bath (rue bath): mix 2 cups of fresh chopped rue leaves with 5 liters of hot water, soak the legs for 30 minutes. Then rinse with cold water. Use a maximum of 3 times a week and on alternate days. Do not expose yourself to the sun for up to 2 hours after use.

– Compresses (prepare an infusion of rue – 1 teaspoon of dry rue for 250 ml – then apply as compresses on wounds or rheumatism).

– This plant is also used in homeopathy and spaghetti.

Where does it grow?

Rue grows in well-drained soil with good lighting. Despite being originally from areas of the Mediterranean (Southern Europe and North Africa), it is widely distributed throughout the world.
In the Alps, rue is found at altitudes of up to 1000 m. The plant reaches a height of between 30 and 50 cm.

When to harvest rue?

Rue can usually be harvested 4 months after planting. Flowering in Europe, which takes the form of small yellow flowers (see photos below), generally occurs from June to July.

Read also: 12 medicinal plants that can be grown in your garden


– The term  Rua , from the scientific name  Ruta graveolens , comes from ancient Greek and means “to release”. A reference to the ability of this plant to “get rid” of diseases.

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