The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbal properties make rue an excellent herb for the skin and is used in facial steams for wrinkles and blemishes. Traditionally the herb was used for the circulatory system, the heart and to keep high blood pressure in check. It was also used to calm the nerves and for anxiety. It was also used to induce menstruation and for arthritis.
It is one of the ingredients in the vinegar of the four thieves.
Ave-grace, garden rue and herb of grace, Arruda