Ruda also known as rue, ruta, or Herb De Grace, is a small, flowering evergreen plant that is native to Europe but is now found in many parts of the world. In the past leaves, extracts, and other parts of the plant were first used as an insect repellent. Years later it has more medicinal uses, is used as an ingredient to add a bitter taste to foods or beverages and used as a fragrance sent to soaps and cosmetics. In Mediterranean, Ruda is commonly used to treat pulmonary conditions, such as tuberculosis, and to reduce swelling of the spleen, as well as externally to treat wounds. Also, in New Mexico, Ruda has been consumed as a tea for ailments such as stiff neck, dizziness, headache, tightness in the stomach, and inner ear problems. However, despite all the health benefits consumers must take caution as large doses (120g of the tea leave) can cause adverse side effects and the tea is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding woman.
- Provides anti-inflammatory effects
- Produces Antibacterial/Antifungal activity
- Helps with menstrual disorders.
- Fights Indigestion.
- Reduces nervousness
- Prevents Diarrhea.
- Helps with breathing problems.
- Treats multiple sclerosis (MS).
- Treats Arthritis.
- Aids sprains.
- Treats Earaches.
- Treats Toothaches.
- Helps with Warts.
- Treats Headaches.