Goat's Rue is a common name given to both Galega officinalis and Tephrosia virginiana, herbs which are entirely different species.

A member of the Fabaceae or Pea family, genus Goat's Rue is also known as Devil's Shoestring because of the long and tough taproot.

Description of Goat's Rue (Tephrosia virginiana):

Tephrosia virginianaGenus: Tephrosia Pers.

Species: Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers.


Growing Goat Rue (Tephrosia virginiana):

Goat rue (Galega officinalis) commonly known as the professor weed:

Galega officinalisGenus: Galega L. Species: Galega officinalis L.

Another member of the pea family (fabaceae), this Goats Rue Herb is a perennial herb said to originate in parts of Asia, Eastern Russia, Middle East and Europe.

Goat's Rue (Galega officinalis)

Goat Rue Description: Goat’s Rue Herb grows up to 5 feet tall with branching stems and smaller oval, opposite leaves that are about two inches long. The long flower stalk produces many light purple to pink flowers. Goat Rue seedpods, which form in autumn, contain several seeds the shape of which are reminiscent of kidney beans.

Attributed Benefits of Goat's rue tea: (either species)

Goat's Rue Tea is made like most herbal teas. You can use not only the goat rue leaf but all of the above-ground parts of the goat's rue plant along with the leaf. To make goat's rue teabags, simply put 1 teaspoon of the upper plant parts and goat rue leaves into any one of the many empty teabags available in todays market.

Place the Goat's rue teabag in a cup of freshly boiled water and steep for 15 minutes. Drink the Goat's Rue tea twice a day as a supplement.

The Goat's Rue constituents are: Galegine, Saponins, Tannins, Bitters, Glycosides, Alkaloids and Chromium.