Sunday, December 21, 2008

Herbs Of The Bible~day 19

Rue (Ruta graveolens) has long been the symbol of sorrow and repentance, and may have been nicknamed the "herb of grace" in Christian times for the grace given by God following repentance for one’s sins. Brushes made from rue were once used to sprinkle holy water at the ceremony preceding High Mass.

(Luke 11:42) "But woe to you Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others."
According the 1918 "The Herbalist" Rue is a bitter aromatic stimulant.
Good for gas pains and colic.

I don't grow rue because it is very irritating to the skin and has no culinary value at all.

I have read two different opinions about yes it is...and no it isn't poisonous to ingest.

I don't advise trying it.

Bea Kunz

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