French lilac, italian fitch, professor-weed
Native to the Middle East, Goat's rue promotes lactation even in animals, hence its name.
The chopped herb.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Stimulates, increases production and flow of milk, Reduces blood sugar levels, though it cannot be used to replace insulin (if diabetic, only use after consulting a professional).
Key actions: Galactagogue, antidiabetic, hypoglycaemic.
In clinic: Used by herbalists to balance blood sugar and to promote breast milk flow.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Infusion: Half a teaspoon to 1 of herb (1 to 2 g) to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 2 to 4 ml (1:10 tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:1 Take 1 to 2 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Dried Herb: Maximum of 6 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Fabaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
Only heightened perspiration was reported (at the higher end of the recommended dosage amount) in a small trial involving diabetics. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Could potentiate hypoglycemic drugs. Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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