Discovering Rue

I find it amusing that my last name begins with the letters RUE, and that the other half of my ancestry is Italian, which as Stregeria (Italian Traditional Witchcraft), is pretty much as RUE-worshiping as u can get. Take the chimaruta for instance, the silver amulet that depicts the Rue plant.

Rue, how protected we are by you!
And yet,
how we Rue the day, it’s true.
for in the light, not all you can see, is good for you.

Rue, how protected we are by you!

And yet,

how we Rue the day, it’s true.

for in the light, not all you can see, is good for you.

I just started learning about this plant, too. I only worked with it for the first time in 2017, very safely into my 3rd decade.

I really love adding it to herbal smoke mixture (it has a really delicious sweet smoke, and is mellow on the lungs), and just keeping it around for all-around use: offerings, blessings, protection. It’s, like, the sacred herb in Strega, apparently, and is also of same status for many Latinx-cultural people, Santeria, Wicca, and other traditions.

So, is learning about Rue, sort of like learning about myself?

Well, not sure if it’s any more of that than anything else. But, it’s probably wise for me to not let slide the sympathetic spelling alignments between my own name and this herb that just like that.

There is so much out there about this herb I won’t even offer a direction. No matter where you go you will trip over amazing properties. I have not met a garden-variety herb (some use it as just a regular culinary flavoring: this is standard in Mediterranea and Ethiopia) that is this well-equipped before. I mean, what?!

Me’s thinking that “a daily toke of Rue keeps the disease outta you.”