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Rue

April 18, 2013 , ,

Ruta Graveolens is a medicinal and magical herb.  It has meaning for the Pope as well as for Central American shamans.  The herb of grace, as it is known, has been used for centuries to guard or protect entrances.  The Catholic church uses the plant rue to sprinkle holy water.  Shamans use it for bathing and ceremony. Bathing with it can be especially effective as a liberation. It is mentioned in the Bible, in Shakespeare, and in Ethiopian cooking.  The smell is pungent and bitter, the flowers yellow and bright.  I use this plant to guard the back entrance of my garden.  It is spreading and doing an excellent job of keeping things safe.

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It’s very beautiful, and I love it by the prickly pear! So very Arizona:-))

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Jess @UsedYorkCity

April 19, 2013

it’s a very ancient herb indeed. I have no recipes that use it at all, nor do I grow it, but it appears in much English Literature

‘Here in this place
I’ll set a bank of rue, sour herb of grace;
Rue, even for ruth, shall shortly here be seen,
In the remembrance of a weeping queen.”

(richard III)

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My neighbor took a bath in it yesterday and reported she felt great as a result…nothing like a little grace to put you on track.

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