Ruta Graveolens

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    A kitchen herb
    Some voices claim that Ruta Graveolens was the model for the “cross” of the French playing cards – not the shamrock, as often assumed.

    Probably because rue was omnipresent in well-stocked kitchen and herb gardens – until the 18th century – and then somehow fell into oblivion.

    Once you smell its beguiling fragrance and catch sight of its wonderful silvery-green foliage, it certainly will become part of your own garden – at least that was the case with me.

    In the Roman Empire, rue was a popular kitchen herb; not only did it help digest (mostly horribly heavy) Roman food, but it was considered a reliable remedy against bad breath. Gourmet “Apicius” mentions this herb 101 times in his cookbook.

    The Abbot of Reichenau (Walahfrid) wrote about Ruta Graveolens in 724 in his book of poems “Hortulus“:

    This shady grove adorns dark-colored rue
    Green bushes. Its leaves are small, and so it scatters like umbrellas
    Short their shadows only, lets penetrate the blowing of the wind
    And the rays of Apollo down to the lowest stems.
    If one only touches it lightly, it spreads strong scents.
    It has a powerful effect, with multiple healing powers,
    It is said that it is especially effective against hidden poisons,
    Cleanses the body of juices that corrupt it.

    In the 9th century Charlemagne determined  in his “Capitulare de Villis” what should be grown in an herb garden: rue was definately amongst them.

    This herb was found in the renowned St. Gall monastery garden and in many medieval monastery gardens as well as in well-stocked peasant gardens.

    It was considered a wonderful remedy for ear- and headaches (Paracelsus); an infusion of rue was used to refresh tired and strained eyes. In today’s homeopathy this effect is still appreciated.

    Till the 18th century rue was used in Europe as an herb against witches, the evil eye and even against the devil. Since then, it has disappeared from the gardens and minds of our geographical region – quite the opposite of Latin America.

    In South America, there is a living mystical tradition of using Ruta Graveolens for mental cleansing and promoting clairvoyance. This involves ritual ablutions with this fragrant herb.

    Names for rue
    Grace herb: the herb was used for sprinkling holy water in church

    Cross rue: leaf shape which gave its name to the French playing card

    Wall rue: overgrown and found everywhere – in every crack of the walls

    Dead man’s rue: due to its thujone content it is said to have an abortive effect

    Squashed mint & rocky soil

    Intensity of scent

    Skin type

    Aromatherapeutic effect
    Strengthend and earthing

    Minimum 95 gr

    pH value
    9 to 10 (alkaline)


    For showering.

    Either you simply use the piece of soap without any auxiliary implement. Or then you use the practical “DuschSäckli”.
    Another option would be the ingenious magnetic soap holder:  makes things a lot easier in terms of handling.

    Healthy skin
    According to LOTS of feedback I have heard throughout the years the imporant points seem to be:
    – if possible: don’t take a shower on a daily basis
    – use soap (or any cleaning agent) only in the “neuralgic” spots – not on all of the body
    – rinse well – everywhere
    – try not to rub yourself too rigorously with your towel; better would be to pat the moisture away; leaving some water on the skin would be optimal

    Due to the essential oils it’s not recommended for kids unter 3 years of age

    Hard / soft
    Industrial soap or natural soap which is made with palm- or coconut oil tends to be very hard.
    Old olive-oil soap also tends to be hard.

    Relatively fresh natural soap – made without palm- or coconut oil – can be a wee softer than the kinds mentioned above.
    In order to achieve favorable characteristics for our skin, I absolutely want special oils in my recipes 🙂
    And some of these tend to make my soaps a bit less hard.
    This is the reason why I classify my DuschMödeli into different “degrees of hardness”.
    On a scale between 1 (very hard) and 5 (very soft) this Mödeli  would figure at “1“.

    Keep it dry. Don’t let it sit in water. Then it last the longest.
    Helpful could be the soap pouch or the magnet soap holder.


    Olive oil (organic), water, canola oil (organic), sodium hydroxide, shea butter (organic), castor oil (organic); 100% natural, essential oils: sage (organic), rosemary (organic), mint (organic), patchouli (organic); ruta graveolens powder (wild), charcoal; allergen substances from the essential oils: limonene, linalool.


    * natural, essential oils