Goat's Rue

NAME : Goat's Rue

GAELIC NAME : 

LATIN NAME : Galega officinalis.

COMMON / FOLK NAMES :

MEDICINAL PART : The herb.

PLACE OF ORIGIN : Found wild in Southern Europe and Western Asia and cultivated in both Europe and the U.S.

DESCRIPTION : Goat's rue is a perennial plant. The thick, spreading root system sends up a bushy growth consisting of many hollow, striated stems bearing alternate, odd-pinnate leaves with six to eight pairs of ovate, entire leaflets which tend to fold together.

FLOWERING PERIOD : The lilac to white flowers appear in spikes from June to September. Seeds are borne in long, erect pods.

PROPERTIES : Diaphoretic Diuretic Galactagogue

USES : Goat's rue is not commonly used today. In the past it has been used for fevers and worms, and was believed to cure bites from poisonous animals. An extract of the dried plant is sometimes used to stimulate the flow of milk in nursing mothers. The seeds apparently lower blood sugar levels and may be useful for diabetes.

Preparation and Dosage : USE UNDER MEDICAL DIRECTION ONLY.

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

GENDER : Masculine
PLANET : Mercury
ELEMENT : Air
POWERS : Healing Health

MAGICAL USES

Goat's Rue is used in healing rituals. Placing Goat's Rue leaves into the shoe, cures and prevents rheumatism.

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