NAME : Goat's
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
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
GENDER : Masculine
PLANET : Mercury
ELEMENT : Air
POWERS : Healing
Goat's Rue is used in healing rituals. Placing Goat's Rue leaves into
the shoe, cures and prevents rheumatism.