Peganum Harmala (Syrian Rue) Seeds: High-Quality Seeds Direct from Iran
Peganum harmala seeds are commonly known as Syrian Rue due to their resemblance to the unrelated Rue plant. This plant is believed to originate from Iran and India, but it is also distributed in North Africa, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and many countries in the Middle East. With diverse cultures and languages, it has many names, such as Harmel, Esfand, Aspand, Wild Rue, Syrian Rue, African Rue, Harmed, Techepak (Ladakhi), Tukhm-i-isfand, and Uzarih (Turkish).
The seeds of Peganum harmala are burned in great quantity in Iran with the belief that it will keep misfortune at bay and protect the land from diseases. The shamans of the Himalayas use rue seeds as incense to create a magical mood, and it is said that the inhalation creates a trance of union with a goddess that bestows powers of healing. Rue seeds have also been used to treat stomach troubles, heart diseases, and skin disorders. In addition, a strong decoction is traditionally used as a tranquilizer. Peganum harmala is also used for its alleged antibiotic, antiparasitic, and analgesic effects, and it has been applied by women looking to induce miscarriages.
Peganum harmala is a succulent, bright green perennial shrub with abundant leaves that grow from the root. The bush can grow up to 1 meter tall but is usually found growing up to about 30cm high. Its branches are smooth and spread up to over 1 meter. The leaves average about 60cm long and then branch off into segments that are long and narrow. The beautiful white flower of the Peganum harmala blossoms June-August and decorates the vibrant green plant. The herb grows in harsh semi-arid conditions and has been used for millennia in every culture where the plant was present.
Peganum harmala is popular in Middle Eastern and North African areas among healers. The alkaloids contained in the plant, including the seeds, are monoamine oxidase inhibitors that go by the name of harmine and harmaline. These alkaloids are also believed to have anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, anticonvulsant, and anticancer effects, among others.
Peganum Harmala (Syrian Rue) Seeds Features
- High-quality seeds direct from Iran
- Native use as a remedy for a variety of ailments
- Used in Asia as a dye plant and prolific aphrodisiac
- Grows in harsh semi-arid conditions
- Contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors harmine and harmaline with anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, anticonvulsant, and anticancer effects
For more information on the pharmacological and therapeutic effects of Peganum harmala, please refer to the following resources:
- Moloudizargari, Milad et al. ‘Pharmacological and therapeutic effects of Peganum harmala and its main alkaloids.’ Pharmacognosy reviews vol. 7,14 (2013): 199-212. doi:10.4103/0973-7847.120524
- Mina, Cheraghi Niroumand et al. ‘Medicinal properties of Peganum harmala L. in traditional Iranian medicine and modern phytotherapy: a review.’ Journal of traditional Chinese medicine = Chung i tsa chih ying wen pan vol. 35,1 (2015):104-9. doi:10.1016/s0254-6272 (15)30016-9
- Medicinal properties of Peganum harmala L. in traditional Iranian medicine and modern phytotherapy
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