With the scientific name Galician officinalis , Galician, also known as capraria rue, is a medicinal plant originating in southern and eastern Europe and western Asia. Belonging to the family of Fabaceae, it is a perennial plant that grows in hot and humid areas, can reach up to one meter in height and has imparipened leaves, flowers of white, pink or violent color, and fruit that contains seeds of brown color.With diuretic properties, the Galician plant can help cure digestive problems and promote sweating.

Properties and benefits of the Galician plant

The chemical composition of the Galician plant includes galegin, glycosides from the flavone group, saponin and tannins. Several substances present in this plant contain hypoglycemic (reduces blood sugar) and galactagogue (favors milk production) properties.

In the past, Galician was used to combat fever and different types of pests. Due to its anti-diabetic property, nowadays this plant is a natural remedy used as a child treatment for diabetes.

This plant has a galactagogue action and, for this reason, it is used to stimulate the activity of the mammary glands. Galician can also be used externally, as it is part of the composition of healing ointments used mainly in plastic surgery.

Galician properties also include its diuretic and diaphoretic action, which can be useful in the treatment of genitourinary disorders, edema and in cases of fluid retention.

In addition, this medicinal plant can also treat digestive disorders, promote sweating, treat plague, fever and other infectious diseases and chronic constipation due to lack of enzymes. Consuming Galician tea can also help to drain the kidneys and aid in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

How to prepare tea?

The Galician plant is mostly used in the form of an infusion, which is prepared with its seeds. To increase milk production in breastfeeding mothers, help treat diabetes or the aforementioned health conditions, just prepare the tea this recipe:

The infusion of this plant is made with two tablespoons of crushed seeds in half a liter of water, or two teaspoons of dried leaves in a glass of water.

Heat the mixture until it boils, then turn off the heat and let the mixture rest for a few minutes. Strain and drink tea. The dosage is up to three cups of this tea a day.

Galician is a medicinal plant also used in the preparation of extracts and tinctures, which are used before meals and weekly breaks.


Applying Galega as an anti-diabetic can cause the plant’s active ingredient, galegin, to malfunction.

It is important to emphasize that all treatment, including the natural one, must be done only under medical recommendation.