Rue (Arruda) Tea - Ruta Graveolens L.
Rue (Arruda) Tea - Ruta Graveolens L.

Rue (Arruda) Tea - Ruta Graveolens L.

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Rue Tea great for Menstrual Pain Relief 

Rue (Arruda) Tea - Ruta Graveolens L.

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Stem, Leaf


The rue is well known among people for being an herb used to scare away the evil eye. But what few people know is that this same rue has medicinal properties that can be useful in the process of treating and curing many other diseases. In this sense, the most usual form is through the preparation of the infusion, in this case, the rue tea.

Species named Ruta graveolens, the rue belongs to the Rutacae family and to the genus Ruta. The rue has in its composition essential oil, flavonoids, methylnocilcetone, furacoumarins, alkaloids, tannins and rutin, the latter being its most important substance. Routine is responsible for providing resistance to blood vessels, this being its main attribute.

Health benefits:

The rue is indicated to induce and regulate the menstrual flow, besides ending the intense pain caused by the contraction of the uterus. This is possible thanks to the stimulus that substances in the herbs cause in the muscle fibers of the uterus. For this reason, the plant is not indicated for treatment among pregnant women or who are planning to become pregnant, because in these cases, it has an abortive effect.

The rue tea is also indicated to improve blood circulation, preventing the accumulation of fat in plaques on the inner walls of vessels. The presence of vitamin P, or rutin, strengthens the blood vessels, preventing their rupture. The drink is also indicated to treat problems related to the urinary system: it facilitates the filtering of the blood by the kidneys and reduces the swelling of the lower limbs.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Lower menses
  • Relieves pain
  • Fight against anxiety
  • Improves immunity
  • Combats gas and menstrual cramps
  • It alleviates the symptoms of diseases in the joints
  • Helps in the treatment of bacterial infections
  • Improves sleep
  • Strengthen the blood vessels being great in the treatment of varicose veins
  • Powerful insecticide and vermifuge, combating lice, fleas, scabies and worms
  • Helps to treat rheumatic pains


  1. Add 2 tablespoons of herb to one liter of water
  2. Turn off when it reaches boil
  3. Remove from the heat and leave the pan (capped) to stand for 10 minutes
  4. Strain and drink

How to drink:

Take a cup 3 times a day.


Before using rue or any other herb, the doctor should be consulted. This is a precaution that should always be taken into consideration by the patient, since the body may respond unexpectedly to the treatment. Consult a physician, this and other problems can be avoided. What's more, these professionals can also prescribe dosage and treatment time.

The plant is toxic, poisonous and has abortive substances. Therefore, it is not indicated for women who are intending to become pregnant, who are already expecting the child or those who are breast feeding.

Too much rude tea can cause phytodermatitis, a skin problem that makes it sensitive to sunlight. This happens due to a phototoxic mechanism that is present in the rue and reacts with the skin. It is worth considering that the continuous use of tea brings risks of problems to the liver and kidneys, especially for those who already suffer with diseases linked to these organs.