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Goats Rue

Galega officinalis Origin: Hungary

Goats Rue


Also known as

Galega officinalis, Garden Rue, Devil’s Shoestring, Virginia Pea, Cat Gut, French Lilac, French Honeysuckle, Italian Fitch, Pestilenzkraut.
Plant Family: Fabaceae


Goat’s Rue is originally from Europe by way of Asia, but can now be found in most temperate regions around the world that have damp, sandy soil.


Galegine (the anti-diabetic chemical in the plant), tannins, chromium.

Parts Used

The above-ground parts of the plant, ground and chopped.

Typical Preparations

Traditionally used as a tea, sometimes available in tea bags. May also be taken as a capsule or extract.


It is also used cosmetically in hand and foot bath formulas.


The safety for pregnant or lactating mothers has not been clinically verified, but historical information tends to regard it as safe, and in fact it may be able to increase breast milk.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.