Rue plants have been used as homeopathic medicine for hundreds of years. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the plant, and it has powerful anti-bacterial, anti0fungal, insecticidal, and anti-arthritic properties.
Here are 9 of its health benefits and uses:
- Kills Bacteria
The powerful antibacterial properties of rue essential oil kill bacteria and prevent infections. You should take it orally in very mild concentrations to kill bacteria such as salmonella.
- Heals Skin Problems
Rue essential oil treat skin issues due to fungus and bacteria, disinfects the skin, and treats the swelling. It is also helpful in the case of inflammation due to insect bites and stings.
- Treats Arthritis Pain
You can also use it in the case of arthritis pain, as it has a slightly numbing effect which will desensitize the nerves to soothe the pain.
- Eliminates Fungal Growth
The strong anti-fungal properties of this essential all prevent the growth of fungi and treat fungal infections like Athlete’s foot, dermatitis, and even food poisoning.
- Works as a Sedative
Its neurotoxic nature acts as a sedative and lowers stress, anxiety, convulsions, and other nervous disturbances.
- Anti-hysteric and Anti-epileptic
Its sedative qualities numb the nerves and prevent epileptic and hysteric attacks.
- An Antidote to Poison
Rue oil is actually poisonous, so it serves as a natural antidote for other poisons and leads to vomiting after the ingestion of poison. It is used in the case of insect bites, stings, narcotics, and venomous snake bites.
- Improves Digestion
The strong antibacterial and sedative properties of rue essential oil help digestion and treat indigestion issues.
- Repels Insects
The natural insecticidal properties of this oil repel insect, so use it in vaporizers, burners, fumigants, or incense sticks.
Extra tip: Note that it should be avoided in the case of pregnancy, as it might cause some adverse effects.