Growing, useful properties and recipes for using fragrant rue
Botanical characteristics of rue
Fragrant rue is a perennial, fragrant and strong plant. The stems of the plant are erect, branched and bare, growing no more than half a meter. On the low stems of the rue, alternate leaves are located, which have translucent glands containing essential oil. Ruta flowers have linear bracts. The flowers are bisexual, which gather in inflorescences - panicles. Sepals are acute triangular in shape with translucent glands. The petals of the plant are loose, boat-shaped, yellow in color, which are attached to the glandular disc. There are about 10 stamens in the flower. The fruit of the rue is a spherical box with seeds. Seeds are black in color, viable for 5 years. The fruit of the rue ripens in the month of September.
Ruta is rarely seen wild. It is grown in the Mediterranean, Moldova, the Caucasus, Belarus and the Baltics.
Growing fragrant rue
Ruta prefers to grow on gravel, loamy or calcareous soils. The plant is drought-resistant. The plant does not like excess moisture in the soil. Ruta is not a whimsical plant, since it does not need special growing conditions, and it can grow in one place for about 5 years, giving a good harvest.
Ruta can be propagated by seeds. To do this, you need to collect the seeds and sow them for the winter, since they will sprout only 5 months after planting. You can plant seeds in boxes for seedlings. To do this, you need to prepare boxes with soil and sow seeds in them in March. After 1 week, shoots will appear. When the frost has passed, you can land on a permanent place. Plants can be transplanted if desired.
Throughout the year, seedlings will not grow higher than 12 cm. In winter, seedlings are covered so that they do not freeze. In the spring, they remove the cover from the seedlings and remove the dead and frozen branches of the plants. After pruning bad branches, the soil is fed with nitrogen fertilizer.
Useful properties of rue
Ruta has many beneficial properties that are used in the treatment of various diseases and ailments. It has a diuretic, carminative, and choleretic effect. It can be used to treat ozenes, stomach cramps. Due to the content of volatile oils and flavone glycoside in the rue, it is used in the treatment of vitamin deficiency, atherosclerosis, and dizziness. Ruta is used as a good tonic for impotence. Ruta preparations help in the treatment of pustules, boils, allergies, rickets and scabies. Ruta can be used for rickets or rheumatism. From the leaves of the plant, preparations are made that are used for intestinal atony and colic.
Ruta has anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve headaches, cramps in children, and as an antidote for snakebites. Ruta is used for the preparation of fees used for depletion of the body and insanity.
Ruta can be used not only internally, but also externally. Outwardly, it has a calming effect. Women use rue for menopause. Lotions from rue are used in the treatment of bruises, paralysis of the facial nerve. People suffering from rickets and scrofula can use a decoction of rue in the form of bathing.
The use of fragrant rue
Traditional medicine uses fragrant rue most often as an antihelminthic agent, and an agent that reduces headaches, rheumatic pains and neuralgic pains. Ruta is a constituent of the collection for the treatment of diseases of the liver, heart, gallstones, colds and coughs.
Ruta is used in the form of teas, collections, infusions, tinctures and externally. Infusion of rue helps with abscesses. Ruta increases appetite, relieves migraines. Infusion of rue can be used to wash the eyes in the treatment of conjunctivitis. Ruta works well for frequent urination, dropsy and skin eruptions. Ruta herb is used for impotence, fragility of blood vessels, rickets and myopia.
Tincture of rue for varicose veins. Take 2 tablespoons of rue herb and pour it into a glass jar, pour 200 ml of vodka and leave to infuse for 10 days in the dark. Straining the finished tincture, you can apply 10 drops, which are diluted with 1 tablespoon of water. You need to take the tincture three times a day.
Ruta tea. To prepare it, you need to pour 1 teaspoon of rue herb with 250 ml of boiling water and leave for 5 minutes. Filter and drink 2 cups twice a day.
Broth of rue for vitamin deficiency. Take 1 gram of rue leaves, 2 grams of violet (herb), and 2 grams of elderberry flowers. 1 tablespoon of this collection is poured into 200 ml of boiling water and boiled for 1 minute. Straining the broth, take it in 100 ml 2 times a day.
Ruta ointment. It is prepared as follows: we take fresh rue herb and grind it. The finished ointment is applied to bruises or purulent wounds until healed completely.
You cannot take large doses of drugs from rue, because although it has many useful properties, it is poisonous. For pregnant women, it is contraindicated for use, as it may cause redness or burns.
The author of the article: Sokolova Nina Vladimirovna | Phytotherapist
Education: Diploma in "General Medicine" and "Therapy" received at the Pirogov University (2005 and 2006). Advanced training at the Department of Phytotherapy at the Peoples' Friendship University of Moscow (2008).
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