Journey with the Spirit of Rue
The healing & magical benefits of Rue were on full display this morning. Just as I was finishing my morning brew, I knew that I was being called. I put my garden shoes on and started up the path knowing I’d step into the magic of the Plant Spirits. Excited that some new revelation would be downloaded to me, I ignored the lone Hawkweed waving at me. Hawkweed is cheeky. I have declared a very small portion of garden as hawkweed-free but know that this plant has visions of overtaking all. The battle (I have no illusions about Hawkweeds ferocity to get what it wants) for property rights appears to be continuing.
Revelations are not the norm when I sit down with plants. Sometimes, it’s just a silent togetherness. The plants know me very well in that I don’t like to hang around too long and can be impatient for the answers. Mint, for instance, can be very standoff-ish with me and so I’m willing, every now and then, to take more time than usual to hear stories of their medicine. Today was such a day, but as I approached Rue, Herb of Grace, the beauty of her medicine was shown to me immediately.
Rue presented like a DNA spiral expanding and contracting; as she protects and shields so can she strangle and choke. In the past, as today, Rue is placed beside entryways or in a pouch to be worn for heightened protection and strangles and chases away negative and harmful energy. In that same vein, Rue is a reliable antidote to poison, ridding the body of harmful substances. She can protect and attack with the same fierceness. Internally, Rue should be used with care. For example, just a little and she can be soothing; too much and she can aggravate. Rue is excellent for mild indigestion but too much and she can produce severe vomiting. Stick to 10 drops of tincture 2X’s day to start and ½ cup Rue tea (using dried leaves). I use it sparingly in salads and have not found any other kitchen uses for it although the internet has many different cultural uses.
The healing energy of Rue is overcast by her ability to do harm and so Rue, Herb of Grace, is very much considered a magic herb and seldom used in herbal medicine today. “Its main modern application is to regulate the menstrual cycle and bring on the suppressed menses” David Hoffman – Medical Herbalism.
The essential oil of Rue is a powerful abortifacient and accordingly, should be avoided during pregnancy. Rue can leave a rash or irritations on the skin when picking her, so wear gloves and long sleeves. A fierce clue to her protective abilities.
According to Matthew Wood, Rue is hot and dry in the third degree (Galen’s extended medical system) meaning that (hot in 3rd) it promotes perspiration, cuts through blockages (phlegm, depression) and clears away stagnant situations, such as suppressed menses and (dry in 3rd) cautions on its ability to take over and exacerbate the problem.
Properties of Rue:-
Rue (Ruta graveolens)
Taste: bitter & pungent
Parts used: Whole herb with the top young shoots (before flowering) being the most potent
Actions: Antispasmodic, bitter, abortifacient, bitter, antimicrobial, emmenagogue
Preparations: Tincture, Tea, Salve, Cream, Oil
And so, coming back from my journey – I give thanks and honour the angel that is Rue. I ground myself and step gently down, one by one until I land at the bottom; my two feet firmly on the ground. I don’t know why I don’t sit with the plants every day. The feeling of breathing and being as one with Mother Earth is always so awesome.