Other Names: Diabetic herb, Milkweed, Goat’s clover, Goat’s rue, Galega officinalis, Goat’s rue, Galega
Botanical Information: It is a perennial plant from the legume family. It is 40-120cm tall, its lower part is sparse and its upper part is quite frequently forked. Its leaves are wing-shaped and arranged opposite each other. Its leaves are oval or elliptical, have smooth edges, short stems and are dark green in color. The flowers are arranged in clusters on a long stem emerging from the base of the upper wing leaves. Its flowers are butterfly-shaped and can be light purple, lilac or white in color. Its fruits resemble a small and thin bean pod. Its roots consist of taproots in the form of stakes.
Known Composition: Dl peranine, hinezolone alkaloids, saponins, tannins, bitter substances. In seeds; Contains galegin, luteolin, and onon.
Places where it is grown: Goat’s rue is native to the Eastern Mediterranean countries and has spread to the temperate regions of Europe and Asia over time. It grows wild on the banks of rivers, streams and lakes and in moist grasslands in the Marmara and Black Sea regions of Turkey.
Collection – Storage: In June and July, they are cut into bunches from a little (5-10cm) above the ground and dried in a sunny, cool environment and then stored in special containers (porcelain, glass or plastic).
It has an effect that increases milk production in lactating mothers.
If taken in small doses, it reduces the sugar level in the blood. Therefore, it will benefit those with diabetes mellitus.
It is diuretic.
How to use: Take 1 teaspoon of the dried plant mixture (stem, leaves and flowers), put it in 1 glass of boiling water, infuse it for 10-15 minutes and drink a glass of the resulting infusion twice a day.
WARNING: It should not be taken in high doses.