In article <7lthls$7t6$1 at oak.prod.itd.earthlink.net>,
Starbuck <pmdlandarch at earthlink.net> wrote:
>>Common rue or Herb-of-Grace is Ruta graveolens (native to Medeterannean
>region and cultivated in herb gardens since Roman times. It was used as an
>abortive, and was taken for rheumatism, bone pains, anitidote for poison,
>bee stings, snake bite, ulcers, coughs, ulcers, and a host of other ailments
>that probably weren't actually cured by it.
My Portuguese neighbours grow it to make a tea to treat the flu.
An elderly Austrian woman once told me that her mother used it to treat
the children's stomach aches. It was very effective - after one treatment
with the intensely bitter tea, the kids had more sense than to complain
about stomach aches ever again!