Syrian rue, in Latin Peganum Harmala, is a traditional sacred plant from the Middle East, where it was an essential part of the spiritual rituals.
Historians speculate that this plant may have been part of the original hallucinogenic drink Soma that was used in areas of today’s India. According to available historical sources, the drink was a source of inspiration for many important poets and philosophers. The plant is thus glorified in the original Vedic texts more than a thousand years old. Harmala was used as a remedy for nervousness, anxiety, and depression. It also helps relax the airways and reduce menstrual pain. Because of its hypnotic effects, it has been part of many sacred rituals. It also serves as an effective aphrodisiac.
According to the legislation of the Czech Republic, Harmala is not an approved nutritional supplement or food and is therefore sold only for collecting purposes.
For more information about the herb, its history, and more, visit our herbarium.