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Gardening: Herb of the week; Name: Rue.

Occupation: Foul-smelling flowering plant which was used in ancient times to keep insects away from fresh food.

Other information: There's a lot of misinformation about this herb. Firstly, we'd advise against it being used to treat headaches by being rubbed on the skin An old wive's tale which will lead to a flakey napper.

However, it has been known to be used in the treatment of Bell's palsy, sore and tired eyes (as an infusion) and even MS.

Native to Mediterranean regions, preferring open sunny sites.

As well as medical uses, Rue is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens with its eye-catching yellow flowers.
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Date:May 22, 2004
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