Rue, Herb of grace Seeds (Ruta Graveolens)
This plant can reach one meter comes from the south of Europe and has always been known as a medicinal plant and a condiment. It has a bluish green leaves. The plant flowers in July, August and September with many yellow flowers. It is especially in this period when the plant can cause serious skin allergies.
Soils: Poor soils and it does not grow well in pots if the soil is too acidic.
Light: Medium shade or direct sunlight.
Multiplication: by cuttings or seeds in open ground or pots. Planting in April, germinates slowly.
In winter: only withstands temperatures of zero degrees for a short period of time. Therefore it must be protected in winter and then it sprouts again in spring. In pots a light, cool place away from heat sources.
In the kitchen: Only use in small amounts because it has an intense musky taste. The ancient Roman prized it as a condiment. Two leaves in the Grappa give a special aroma. It is also used in a special vinegar herbs suitable for fish. It also goes well with game.
In the home: The essential oil is used in perfume industry. A twig hanging in the kitchen or pantry keeps ants away from the food.
Medicinal: Formerly rue was used as a universal cure for many diseases and poisoning. But it also has a number of side effects that make you finally have doubts about using it as a medicinal herb. Some negative effects include photosensitivity, affects the liver and kidneys, melancholy, sleep disruption, fatigue. Not under any circumstances to be used during pregnancy.