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While rue has been used for centuries for both culinary and medicinal purposes, as well as in general use as a strewn herb to discourage pests, many modern herbalists suggest that it should not be taken internally. Despite this concern, small amounts of rue are often used in salads, egg dishes and cheeses in Mediterranean countries. It is one of the most well-known of the magickal protective herbs and is often used in spells of warding and protection in modern magic.

Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Rue contains furanocoumarin compounds; avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight after ingestion.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

Medicinal Uses:
Anti-Fungal, Clearer Skin, Fragrance for soaps and cosmetics, Anti-Oxidant, Lice Free hair, Sedative, Insecticide, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Spasmodic, Anti-Inflammatory, Remedy for Poison

Side Effects of Rue:
Rue, in all its forms, is poisonous, and should never be ingested directly. But if one is careful about the amount, it can safely be used to cure a myriad of ailments. It has minor side effects which include:

Increased sensitivity to sun exposure
Mood changes
Stomach irritation
Rue is also associated with some serious side effects:

It can cause severe damage to the liver and kidneys. People with kidney/liver problems must not use any medicine/food related to rue.
If people with stomach and intestinal problems such as colitis or ulcers or inflammatory bowel disease consume rue, it can worsen the problem.
Pregnant women must avoid rue in all its forms as it can cause miscarriage. Rue can be used for abortion but it can have serious effects on a woman’s health and can even lead to death.

Magical Properties:
Magickal uses include healing, health, mental powers, freedom and protection against the evil eye. Use as an asperger to cast salt water for purification of the circle or removing negativity from the home. Hang the dried herb indoors to help yourself see and understand your mistakes. Burn to banish negativity or bad habits. Add to incenses and poppets to prevent illness or speed recovery. Add to baths to break hexes and curses that may have been placed against you.
[Warning - Rue should not be handled by women who are pregnant.]

Also Called: Herb-of-Grace, Herb of Grace, Herbygrass, Garden Rue, Mother of Herbs, Rewe, Goat's Rue