Galega officinalis: properties, benefits and how to use the plant that helps lactation

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Galega officinalis, a plant ally of new mothers as it helps breastfeeding by promoting milk production. Let's get to know all the properties, benefits and how to use the galega more closely.

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Galega officinalis, commonly known as galega but also as capraggine, ruta capraia or avanese, is a perennial herbaceous plant which grows spontaneously in humid but sunny soils. In ancient times it was also used inside the forage for animals in order to stimulate the production of milk. Even today this plant is particularly known to those who breastfeed as among its properties it would boast a galactogenic effect.





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Galega officinalis, property

Gallega is a plant rich in active ingredients among which alkaloids such as galegin and galuteolin, flavonoids, saponins, vitamin C and bitter substances that give it the properties for which it is known stand out. It is used for phytotherapeutic purposes dried flowering plant but also i semi.

The property for which the galega is best known is his own effect on breast milk of which it stimulates the productionand thanks also to the fact that it helps the muscular and connective tissues of the breast as well as improves the circulation of the glands responsible for the production of milk.

Other properties of the galley are thehypoglycemic action, therefore, allows you to keep blood sugar at bay in case of diabetes in a mild form, for example, but also purifying and diuretic. In fact, it stimulates diuresis and in this way promotes the elimination of toxins from the body.

In summary, the Galega is:

  • Galattogena
  • Hypoglycemic
  • Purifying
  • Diuretic

Galega officinalis, beneficence

The benefits of Galega can be found on various aspects of our health. This plant can be useful in case of:

  • High blood sugar
  • Diabetes in a mild form
  • Water retention
  • Poor production of breast milk (including in animals)

Galician infusion

Preparing an infusion of galega is very simple, they are necessary 20 grams of dried plant per liter of water. Boil the water and leave the plant to infuse for about 15 minutes, before filtering and drinking. You can take up to 5 cups a day but usually 2-3 are recommended.



Decoction of galega seeds

A decoction can be prepared with galega seeds. Boil a liter of water with inside 30 grams of dried seeds, then let it cool and filter. You can drink 2 or 3 cups a day.

Mother of Galician tincture

There is also the mother tincture of galega recommended especially for his hypoglycemic effect. Usually 30 drops are taken before meals, therefore 3 times a day. However, if you want to try it to take advantage of its effect on blood sugar, always ask your doctor for advice first.

Galician integrator

Gallega is also sold in the form of a practical supplement to use as it is enough to take one or more tablets with a little water as needed. Depending on the brands, the indications for use and the doses may be different, ask an expert according to your situation for all the advice on how to use them to the fullest.

How to use galega for breastfeeding

It is not essential but to favor the mother's hydration, relax during feedings or between one and the other, thus favoring the production of milk, it is possible to take herbal teas. Among the most recommended herbs there is precisely the galega officinalis as well as, fennel and fenugreek.

If you want to increase milk production, you can take 1 to 3 cups of galega tea per day. Instead, it is better to avoid the mother tincture that contains alcohol or the actual supplement, unless otherwise indicated by a doctor.

Other tips on the importance of breastfeeding and breastfeeding and to promote the production of breast milk you can find them here:


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  • Breastfeeding: How to Increase Breast Milk Production? (VIDEO)
  • Breastfeeding: the rules to do it well and with serenity

Galician, altri usi

The infusion of Galega can be used to take care of the body and therefore it can also be made an external use. For example, you can prepare refreshing and anti-fatigue foot baths based on this plant but also firming compresses for the breasts.


In the case of foot bath you can simply add two tablespoons of dried galega into the hot water before soaking your feet while breast compress it is prepared using two tablespoons of chopped galega and left to infuse for 5 minutes in hot water. After the infusion is ready, two small cotton sheets are immersed and poultices are made on the breasts for about 20 minutes, wetting the fabric again as needed.

La Galician can also be used for animals, especially in the case of problems with the production of milk, and is even able to curdle the cheese. Finally, there are those who add the young leaves of this plant to salads.

Galega, where to find it

The dry plant of Galega, mother tincture and supplements are available in all herbalist's shops or pharmacies. You can buy it also online and in stores specializing in natural health and wellness.

Galega, contraindications

Like all plants, Galega also has possible contraindications. It can for example interfere with some medications and therefore before taking it it is always good to hear the opinion of your doctor. The Galega is then a plant that contains alkaloids, substances that if taken excessively can generate side effects. Better therefore do not abuse it. It is also possible to suffer from ahypersensitivity to the plant, in this case stop taking it immediately.

Have you ever used Galega? What benefits have you found?

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