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Ruta graveolens

Rue is well known as an herb for use in breaking curses, hexes, or any other magical mayhem that may be coming your way. It can be used in exorcisms, to cast out hostile spirits, or to send malevolent magic back to its point of origin. Hang rue in your home to protect those who live there.

Parts Used: Leaves
Associated Element: Fire
Magical Uses: Exorcism, hex-breaking, protection
Rituals and Celebrations: Banishing rituals
Substitutions: Hyssop, pennyroyal, or thistle
Often Used With: Amber, hematite, topaz
Precautions: Rue can be toxic if ingested in large doses and should never be taken internally by pregnant women, as it can cause miscarriage.
Applications: Use rue dipped in consecrated water to sprinkle around your home as a method of purification, or rub fresh leaves on your front door so that any hostile magic sent to you will be returned to the sender. Plant rue in the garden to protect your other herbs from pesky wildlife, or burn the dried leaves in an incense or as part of a smudging ritual to banish negativity.


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