Botanial Name: Peganum harmala
Native Origin: Persia
Growing from a perennial woody root, Peganum harmala is a bright-green, dense, herbaceous succulent. Although its smooth many-branched stems may have a spread of 1.2m or more, the plant is rarely over 60cm tall and generally appears round and bushy. The leaves are 5cm long, born singly and finely divided into long narrow segments.
Each year Peganum harmala produces many single white flowers. Measuring 2.5cm across, these relatively large and showy blooms have five oblong-eliptic petals as well as five narrow sepals of slightly longer length. Each flower has the potential to develop into a fruit, a leathery, three valved seed capsule that stands erect on the stalk. Each capsule contains more than fifty dark-brown, angular seeds.
Syrian rue grows in semi-arid conditions. It originated in Persia, and is held in high esteem throughout Asia Minor as a medicinal, aphrodisiac and dye plant. There is no solid historical evidence of ritual or religious use. It is sometimes known as “ruin weed” since it often grows on the tells covering the ruins of ancient cities in the Near East. It now grows wild in Eurasia and has recently been spread to Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and Southern California.
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As a medicine, Syrian Rue has primarily been used to ease the birthing process in women and to help with menstrual difficulties. It is usually administered as an incense. The smoke is also inhaled to cure all manner of other afflictions, as well. A tea made from 5-10 grams of seeds is taken after meals to help with digestion. In Asia Minor, Syrian Rue seeds are used as aphrodisiacs and purifiers. The herbage is also sometimes used to treat skin disorders, and a decoction of the seeds is taken for stomach troubles, heart troubles, and sciatica. A very strong decoction also acts as a tranquilizer. Syrian Rue has been shown to be an antibiotic, and the stems and leaves are abortifacients.