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Rue (Ruta Graveolens)
A hardy evergreen shrub with blue-grey foliage and a pungent aromatic smell, for culinary and medicinal use.
The aromatic leaves are high in rutin, the bioflavonoid that strengthens capillaries and blood vessels.
An infusion of the leaves is diuretic, slightly increases blood pressure and has an abortifacient effect. In Yemenite folk medicine, rue is used to treat nervous breakdowns and to stimulate the onset of delayed menstruation.
Caution: Rue must not be taken during pregnancy.