Essential Oils - Rue, Favored Among the Ancients As an Antidote to Poison Rue (Ruta graveolens) is in the Rutaceae (citrus) family of botanical plants. This oil is produced through steam distillation of the fresh herb and is now being grown in Ecuador as an ingredient in the RutaVaLa blend. Ruta (rue) oil is a very different chemical composition than the Ruta graveolens herb itself. The herb or water extracts from the herb can have negative effects at very high dosages. Ruta oil is composed primarily of ingredients that are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) according to the FDA. Rue is an ornamental, shrubby herb with tough woody branches, small, smooth bluish-green leaves and very small greenish-yellow flowers. Rue has a sharply herbaceous, distinctly fruity orange-like scent, with a characteristic bitter acrid back note that makes the overall impression an unpleasant one. Traditionally use of the rue herb dates back many centuries and is referenced in the Bible as an herb to be tithed. In ancient medicine, the herb Rue was a favored remedy as an antidote to poison. Rue was used for nervous afflictions, digestive problems and hysterics. How Can We Benefits from Rue Today? Rue Essential oil is a homeopathic remedy used for centuries as a medical preparation and may be helpful for compression wounds, contusions, physical overexertion, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, strengthens the capillary veins, dental problems - deep aching - 'dry socket', feet and ankles painful, aching heels, and for painful stiffness in wrists and hands. It can be used for skin care, itching skin, varicose veins, anal fissure and healing of bleeding, thrombosed, internal and external hemorrhoids (piles). When rue is combined with valerian and lavender, the blend acts as a relaxant for the body and mind and counters stressed nerves. It helps to rebalance energy to improve vigor during daily activities, helps to reduce inhibitions and minimizes stressful situations and induces quality sleep. Ruta graveolens should not be taken internally but can be diffused and used with caution on the skin. As for safety, ruta oil contains a photosensitizing compound. Caution should be used when applying topically to skin that will be exposed to sunlight within 12-24 hours. Want to know more about essential oils and how they can help us stay healthy? Consider becoming a certified clinical aromatherapist. The Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy teaches classes throughout the United States on aromatherapy and energy healing. BONUS GIFT By Going to my web site: http://www.ISHAhealing.com and signing up for our free monthly newsletter, you can receive a free gift: 5 Monographs on Biblical Oils. These oils include Frankincense, Myrrh, Cedarwood, Spikenard and Balsam Fir. While you are at our web site, check out our aromatherapy program and our program in Christian energy healing. From Linda L. Smith, director of the Institute of Spiritual Ministry and Aromatherapy, Inc.