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8/27/04 at 6:16pm
|Goat's rue - generally not recommended for humans at all because of all the side-effects. Here is an excerpt from the "Encyclopedia of Herbs" by Nico Vermeulen copyright 1998.
"Cows that eat goat's rue either give more milk or never give milk again. If they eat the herb before it has flowered, they produce more milk but when the plant flowers, it secretes a nervous toxin (galegin) from the roots throughout the plant which can kill cattle. The botanical name is derived from the Greek and refers to the lactation stimulation of the herb. The herb was used from early times to help women lactate and also to reduce the blood sugar level, aid digestion, and as a diuretic. The plant can be dangerous and is virtually unheard of in present day medical use."