Rue was written about by Pliny the Elder and Aristotle, and was an ingredient in the Vinegar of the Four Thieves ( try www.care2.com/channels/solutions/home/111 ). It was used as an abortive, to protect aginst Evil Eye, plague, and "chicken croup", and as a witch-repellant. Rue was taken by artists and woodcarvers to improve their eyesight and creativity.
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> Rue was written about by Pliny the Elder and Aristotle, and was an ingredient in the Vinegar of the Four Thieves ( try www.care2.com/channels/solutions/home/111 ).Vinegar of the Four Thieves is definitely post period, and may well be a nineteenth century
Of Rue, Gerard's Herbal (first published in 1597) sez:
"The herb a little boiled or skalded, and kept in pickle as Sampier, and eaten, quickens the
The same applied with hony and the juice of Fennell, is a remedie against dim eies.
The juice of Rue made hot in the rinde of a pomegranat and dropped into the eares, takes away
the pain thereof.
Dioscorides saith, Tha Rue put up the nosthrisl stayeth bleeding.
So saith Pliny also: when notwithstanding it is of power rather to procure bleeding, through its
sharpe and biting quality. The leaves of Rue beaten and drunke with wine are and antidote
against poisons, as Pliny saith.
Dioscorides writeth, that a twelve penny weight of the seed drunke in wine ia counterpoison
against deadly medicines or the poison of Wolfes-ban, Mushroms or Toad=-stooles, the biting of
Serpents, the stinging of Scorpions, Bees, hornets and wasps,; and it is reported, That if a man
bee anointed with the juice of Rue, these will not hurt him; and that the serpent is driven away
at the smell whereof when it is burned; insomuch that when the Weesell is to fight with the
serpent, shee armeth her selfe by eating Rue, against the might of the serpent.
The leaves of Rue eaten with the kernels of Walnuts or figs stamped together and made into a
masse or paste, is good against all evill aires, the pestilence or plague, resists poison and
REPUTABLE MODERN HERBALISTS say, Don't Take Rue Internally.