Garden Rue Essential Oil
Garden Rue Essential Oil

Garden Rue Essential Oil

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Garden Rue Essential Oil is distilled from the Herb-of-Grace and native to European lands. This herbaceous aroma captures the garden-fresh goodness of weedy greens pulled fresh from the earth. Its potency is perfect for warming chest balms and melting muscles.

Botanical Name: Ruta graveolens
Botanical Family: Rutaceae
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Part of Plant Distilled: Flowers and leaves
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Cultivation Method: Organic
Composition: 100% Ruta graveolens
Consistency: Thin viscosity
Scent Description: Garden fresh goodness with weedy-earthy-herbaceous undertones.
Blends well with: Frankincense, Laurel, Lemon, Lime, Lavender, Marjoram, Spikenard, Cardamon, Sweet Thyme, Spruce, Bergamot, Fir, Vitex, and Clary Sage.
Uses: Always use diluted. Add to blends for chest balms and massages.
Constituents: Bergaptene, butanone, nonanone, nonyl acetate, psoralen, undecanone, and xanthotoxin.
Contradictions: Use sparingly and always dilute. Babies, children, and pregnant women must avoid using this oil. It is also photosensitizing; do not use undiluted or use in direct sunlight. Not for internal use or use on animals.


Garden Rue essential oil is distilled from a powerful plant and must be used with caution and dilution. Making many appearances in books and the bounty of people’s pantries, Garden Rue herb is well known historically and has been praised as a principle herb by Pliny. This bitter herb is also one of the essential ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. Harvested for decoctions by the Cherokee people, this hardy evergreen shrub was also procured by Europeans for protection during plagues and to ward off pestilence. It is said that Michelangelo and Da Vinci would use the leaves to enhance their inner vision.


“Then sprinkles she the juice of rue,
With nine drops of the midnight dew
From lunarie distilling.”
~ William Shakespeare, Richard III


“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember; and there is pansies, that’s for thoughts...There’s fennel for you, and columbines; there’s rue for you, and here’s some for me; we may call it herb of grace o’ Sundays. O, you must wear your rue with a difference. There’s a daisy. I would give you some violets, but they wither’d all when my father died. They say he made a good end,— [Sings.]
“For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy.”
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“One of the most active, however, of all the medicinal plants, is rue…
In other respects, rue is one of the principal ingredients employed in antidotes… if the leaves are bruised and taken in wine.”
~ Pliny the Elder, The Natural History