Eastern Galega (Galega orientalis L.)
Eastern Galega is a genus of perennial plants of the legume family. Other names: Oriental goat ‘s rue
Unlike goat’s rue (galega officinalis), eastern goat’s rue has bright blue-violet flowers collected in short brushes, pinnate leaves of 3-6 pairs of oblong-ovate sharp leaves with broadly ovate and drooping beans. Most often found on forest edges and glades , in ravines and on the banks of streams. Both species grow in the forest belt of the Caucasus regions.
Oriental galega preparations, having an insulin-like effect, lower blood sugar and are therefore proposed for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. In folk medicine, water infusions from leaves and herbs are used as a diaphoretic, diuretic and antihelminthic, also for bites of poisonous snakes
Oriental goat’s rue infusion:
Infusion: 1 teaspoon of dried chopped herbs is brewed in 1 cup of boiling water, cooled, then filtered and drunk 1 tbsp. spoon 4-5 times every day.