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Herb of Grace

Rutaceae Ruta graveolens L.

ADDRESS>Source: Magness et al. 1971

The plant is a perennial herb, woody at the base, up to 2 feet in height. The leaves are much divided and have a very strong odor. In ancient times rue was much used as a flavoring and for medicinal purposes. It is now used to some extent by people who like bitter flavors in cookery and beverages. The volatile oil, distilled from the whole plant, is used in aromatic vinegar and toilet preparations.

Last update July 1, 1996 bha