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Goats Rue

Galega officinalis Origin: Hungary

Goats Rue

Overview

Also known as

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

Introduction

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.

Constituents

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.

Summary

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

Precautions

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.