Egyptian Rue (Ruta chalepensis)

R. angustifolia. R. bracteosa. DC.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Egyptian Rue
Ruta chalepensis

An essential oil obtained from the leaves is used in perfumery and as a food flavouring[61].

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is abortifacient, anthelmintic, emmenagogue and ophthalmic[46, 61].

    A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of paralysis, coughs and stomach aches[257].

    The leaves have been heated then placed inside the ear to treat earache[257].

  • Edible Use

    The leaves are used as a condiment[177, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.
Succeeds in any good open soil[1]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10¡c[200]. The bruised foliage releases a somewhat foetid smell like wet fur, but with slightly sweeter undertones[245]. Sold in local markets[46]. This report probably refers to its use as a medicinal plant[K]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Europe – Mediterranean.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.