Goat's rue

Galega officinalis, papilionaceae. The dried aerial parts of the plant are used.

The stalks with the leaves and flowers are collected at the time of flowering. These are then dried in the shade.

Functions of goat's rue

Goat's rue:

  • has an action that reduces blood sugar levels and this may be indicated in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. This must not replace insulin therapy however and should occur under the supervision of a health professional.
  • is a powerful galactagogue (increasing milk production in nursing mothers). It has been shown to increase milk production by up to 50%. It may also stimulate the development of the mammary glands.
  • is a useful remedy for increasing sweating and bringing down a fever when it is used as a hot infusion.

Dosages

Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1 teaspoonful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times per day.

Tincture: take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times per day.

References

Hoffmann, D. 2000, The New Holistic Herbal. Element Pub.

McIntyre, A. 1995, The Complete Women's Herbal. Henry Holt Reference Books.

Mills, S. Y. 1989, The A-Z of Modern Herbalism: A Comprehensive Guide to Practical Herbal Therapy. Thorson.

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