Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: A top note with a strong aroma, it has a sharply herbaceous, distinctly fruity orange-like scent, with a characteristic bitter acrid back note (thus the term, 'bitter rue' and the name's becoming a euphemism for regret).
Blends With: Rue does not typically blend with other essential oils.
Product Abstract: Also known as Common Rue, this is an ornamental, shrubby herb with a strong, aromatic, bitter or acrid scent. It has tough, woody branches and small, smooth, bluish-green leaves. Its early summer flowers give way to green fruits that resemble tiny immature oranges. In cooler temperatures, this oil can solidify or have a thick consistency. We recommend placing the bottle in very hot water, changing the water frequently until it is back to the liquid state; be sure to shake well before use.
While rue has been used for centuries for both culinary and medicinal purposes, as well as in general use as a strewn herb to discourage pests, many modern herbalists suggest that it should not be taken internally. Despite this concern, small amounts of rue are often used in salads, egg dishes and cheeses in Mediterranean countries. It is one of the most well-known of the magickal protective herbs and is often used in spells of warding and protection in modern magic.