“There is nothing to rue about having Ruta graveolens in the Moon garden. Rue foliage is soft, with a slight oval, rounded, blue-green leaves on a perennial shrub that can live for decades in gardens where it is happy.
Some find the scent released from the glands in its leaves over-powering. Others think of it as enticing. Rue is a common ingredient in Mediterranean dishes, in which small amounts are added to salads and cheese spreads. It is believed to have been a key ingredient of four thieves vinegar – that infamous formula that was thought to have protected a party of thieves who robbed victims of the Great Plague of London.
Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci were said to have partaken of rue to improve their eyesight and to release their inner artistic visions. In the early days of the Roman Catholic Church, it was called “the herb of grace” and was a symbol of repentance. SMall bundles of rue were used to sprinkle holy water at mass. Rue is perfect for breaking hexes or protecting one from the evil eye.”
Copyright Llewellyn Witches Datebook 2018 Page 123 by J D Hortwart