Profile: Ruta graveolens, a plant originally from the Mediterranean, is now grown in gardens all over the world. Rue is a hardy evergreen with a pungent smell. It has been used for ages as a food spice and for its advantageous properties in conventional European medicine. Even in folklore, witchcraft and sorcery in the Middle Ages, rue was used. Rue plant, which has a bitter flavor, can be macerated to make a tincture, steeped to make rue tea, used as an exterior wash, or used sparingly as a spice in food.
Rue has a long history of use in both magic and medicine, where it is regarded as a protective herb. From Pliny through Shakespeare and beyond, writers have referred to the tough evergreen bush as a memory, warding, and healing herb. Rue was utilized by ancient medics as a flea and poison repellent as well as a great defense against sickness and epidemics. Although the plant has a "disagreeable odor and flavor," according to A Modern Herbal, the bitterness of the leaves is actually only noticeable in very large amounts. It gives cream cheeses and mild meats a nice, smoky flavor in smaller doses. Rue was previously thought to enhance vision and creativity, and no less than Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci consumed the tiny, trefoil-shaped leaves on a regular basis to heighten their abilities. The symbol for the suit of clubs in playing cards is claimed to be based on a rue leaf, continuing the tale of the plant. There are worries that rue is harmful and that high amounts may result in strong gastrointestinal symptoms. Additionally, some people can get a severe rash after being exposed to the oils of the plant and the sun since they are extremely sensitive to them.
Rue has been used for millennia in food and medicine, as well as in general as a scattered plant to deter pests, although many contemporary herbalists advise against taking it internally. Despite this worry, salads, egg dishes, and cheeses in Mediterranean nations frequently contain tiny amounts of rue. It is one of the most popular magical defensive plants and is frequently employed in warding and protection spells in contemporary magic.
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