Goats rue is a plant that has been empirically used from the 16th century onwards to heal diverse afflictions, such as poisonous animal bites, though only during the last decades have its actual properties been discovered.
Goats Rue Scientific Facts
- Scientific Name – Galega officinalis L.
- Other Names – Common goat’s rue.
- French – Galega officinal.
- Spanish – Galega.
- Environment – Wet meadows and stream banks of eastern and southern Europe. It is cultivated in northern Europe and North America.
- Description – Vivacious plant of the Leguminosae family, growing from 0.5 to 1 m high, with symmetric leaves, formed by 11-19 point-tipped folioles. Its lilac, white, or pink flowers are pretty exuberant.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally – The whole plant, dry, when blooming.
Goats rue contains saponins, tannin, a bitter component, flavonic glycosides, an alkaloid (glargine), and glycoquine (plant insulin). Its three main indications are the following:
- Galactogenic – According to Font Quer, goats rue has been proven to increase milk production in cows from 35 to 50 percent. It also renders good results for breastfeeding women; however, not so spectacular. This plant does not produce any side effects on babies.
- Diuretic – With a mild, well-tolerated effect.
- Hypoglycemic – According to recent research, goats rue decreases the level of glucose in the blood of people who have diabetes, though these results are too variable. It is recommended to administer the plant under medical supervision.
Only use dry plants, since when fresh they can have irritant effects.
How to use Goats Rue
- Infusion with 20 to 30 grams of dry leaves and flowers per liter of water. These leaves and flowers must have been gathered when the plant was still blooming. Drink two cups daily, which can be flavored by adding a teaspoonful of anise fruit to the infusion.
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 632. Print.