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Arutha (Ruta Graveolens) -Flowers of Kerala

March 23rd, 2007 | admin

Arutha (Ruta Graveolens) is an perennial shrub that grows to a height of about 4-5’. The plant bears bunches of yellow flowers with about one cm diameter. The fruits bear many seeds.

Use of arutha as a vegetable or for culinary purpose is almost completely absent in India. It is reported that arutha had culinary importance in such cultures like Greek.

Arutha (English name is Rue) is used in homeopathic and Ayurvedic medicines. It is a wild variety found in forest or semi forest areas.

The oil extracted from arutha plant is anti-spasmodic and anthelmintic. It is used in the treatment of epilepsy (hysteria) and amenorrhoea.

Ruta graveolens belongs to the family Rutaceae.

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