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Rules for growing and useful properties of root

Rules for growing and useful properties of root


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Have you heard anything about the root? It is likely that yes. Currently, the plant is very popular in folk medicine, especially in Russia. What do you know about him? About its effect on the human body? About its application? Do you want to grow this useful plant in your front garden? Let's try!

Ruta: description

Ruta (Ruta) - perennial herb or evergreen shrub with a rather peculiar smell. In the wild, distributed from the Canary Islands to the Mediterranean Sea. In Russia, plants are grown exclusively in people's gardens. In the wild, you can meet him very rarely.

It is also cultivated in America, in Western Europe, in Asia and even in Africa. In general, this plant has been known for many centuries. Even the ancient Greeks used it to treat many diseases. The most common is the fragrant or odorous root.

Useful properties of culture

Grass is known to be high in essential oils and alkaloids. Ruta, and especially fragrant (Ruta graveolens), is widely used in both traditional and folk medicine.

The plant is effective in:

  • stomach cramps;
  • gallstone disease;
  • atherosclerosis;
  • vitamin deficiency;
  • impotence;
  • allergies
  • worms;
  • palpitations;
  • flatulence;
  • gastric colic;
  • cough and runny nose;
  • neurosis and hysteria;
  • paralysis and osteochondrosis;
  • scabies;
  • rachitis or rheumatism.

In addition, the root has the following properties:

  • anti-inflammatory;
  • restorative;
  • soothing (with bruises, bites, wounds, abscesses);
  • refreshing (used to rinse the mouth);
  • antiseptic.

However, despite widespread pharmacological use, it should be remembered that in large doses, the root is poisonous! Therefore, it should be used very carefully and with the slightest symptoms of an overdose (gastrointestinal upset, swollen tongue, bradycardia when used internally or burns when applied externally), you should consult a doctor.

You can also learn about the beneficial properties of Chokeberry.

How to plant a root

Cultivating a root on its own is not so difficult. Cultivation and care will not take much effort. This plant loves light and is calm about drought. Any soil is also suitable for it, but carbonate, loamy, calcareous or crushed stone is still preferable.

Landing can be done in two ways:

  • immediately in open ground;
  • to grow seedlings, and then transplanted into the ground.

If you are planting a crop in open ground, remember:

  • preferably planted in early spring, although it is possible before winter;
  • planted seeds must be thinned twice a month apart.

With this method, seedlings will appear in about two weeks.

If you first decided to grow seedlings, then remember that you need to transplant seedlings into the open ground in the second half of May.

Fragrant Rue: general information

How to care for a plant

Fortunately, caring for the root does not require any special effort. It consists in the following:

  • remove weeds in a timely manner;
  • in time to plow the soil;
  • you can use complex fertilizer to feed 1-2 times a season;
  • watering is not necessary very often, let the earth dry out;
  • in spring, the plant needs to be cut.

Propagation Features

In addition to seedlings and planting seeds, the plant also propagates by cuttings or division.

When cutting, it is necessary to remember that:

  • first you need to put the handle in a container of water;
  • as soon as the stalk gives roots, it can be planted in a pot of earth or immediately into the ground. But it is best to do this in August-September.

Root application

Most often, leaves are used for medicinal purposes. They can be used in the following forms:

  • brew like tea;
  • make an infusion;
  • make an ointment;
  • use as part of the collection;
  • use twigs to repel insects (including mosquitoes);
  • drink juice inside (especially with snakebites);
  • fresh leaves can be applied to the site of injury.

Some people use the leaves of the rue as food as a spice; they are also added when preserving cucumbers and tomatoes.

What else you need to know about the plant

If you are going to use the root for medicinal purposes, be sure to note that this herb should not be used for:

  • pregnancy
  • gastritis;
  • an ulcer;
  • hypotension.

In addition, a few words about how to properly collect and harvest plant materials:

  • you need to collect grass during flowering;
  • shoots must be carefully cut with scissors, and not tear off or break off;
  • do not forget about rubber gloves, since the juice of the root can burn the skin and even cause allergies;
  • dry the plant in a well-ventilated area, not in the sun;
  • dried raw materials are stored for up to 1 year.

Undoubtedly, one more advantage of the rue is its decorative value. This plant will delight you with its bright sunlight and will look great both in a complex composition of flower plants and shrubs, and in rockeries, as it combines perfectly with stones.

Ruta - healing spice

Ruta is a very valuable plant, worthy of you to grow it in your garden. The benefits of culture are undeniable: it will help with diseases of the body and will delight the eye with a warm sunny day. However, do not forget that she is still poisonous.


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