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The healing power of rue

  1. Diamond or rue is a bitter herb that fits very well in the vegetable garden. The bluish-green plant continues to proliferate, so you will need to trim it from time to time to keep it small. The diamond shrub can easily reach a height of one and a half meters. In the spring you can prune it down to the wood, after which it will get plenty of new shoots. It is a very healthy, bitter tasting herb.

Pollination at the window

  1. Rhombus has a funny way of pollinating. The flower has 8 stamens but only one is standing at a time. There are small honey cups at the bottom of the pestle. An insect passes by, rubs the stamen for the honey

Where does the rue come from?

  1. Rue is according to European scholars originally from Eastern and Southern Europe. That does not explain why the Maya and the Aztecs also knew diamond. Today it can be found all over Europe and North Africa, and on both Americas. It was brought across the Alps by monks from the Roman Catholic Church. The rue can reach a height of one and a half meters and develops yellow flowers. Rue has traditionally been used in cooking and as a medicinal herb. Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine from ancient Greece

Medicinal uses of rue

  1. Rue was used on wine or vinegar to make mouthwash

Rue bracelet against epilepsy

  1. In the Netherlands

Rue next to sage

  1. Rue cannot grow next to every plant. Rue next to coal causes both crops to wither. Rue next to aconite will not work properly either. Rue is used in Italy next to sage

Smelling cured by rue

  1. In the Middle Ages, rue was famous for its healing properties when smelled. The strong scent is incorporated in the naming in Latin; Ruta graveolens. Ruta means to loosen, gravo means very and olens means fragrance. It is indeed a very fragrant plant. Taking rue in large amounts can cause hallucinations. This spice was often put through wine by the ancient Romans. The Grappa alla Ruta still contains rue. In that sense, the usage is somewhat like absinth

Modern use by herbalists

  1. Rue is used by modern herbalists

Tips for eating rue

  1. Apart from medicinal applications, rue is a culinary herb. It is an important herb in Ethiopia; both the leaves and the seeds are eaten there. In Italy the leaves are used to season an omelette. The seeds can be processed in a breakfast porridge. In Friuli – Venezia Giulia, a region in the north-east of Italy, young diamond twigs are dipped in a batter and then fried. Then they are sprinkled with salt and pepper. That is a very specific application. You can use diamond to season potatoes. Do not use too much glass because it tastes strong. Like chives, you can put the fresh herb over a salad, soup, or hot meal when served.

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