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Galega: natural ingredient of Wonderup


The galega (Galega officinalis) grows wild in Europe, naturalized in Britain. This perennial herb is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean and is largely cultivated in gardens in England.
Belonging to the family N.O. Leguminosae, Fabaceae (Leguminoseae in part), is known by the common names of baravocce, hand washing, Galbena, Castracani avanese, trina, chiappamosche, goat’s rue, goat sudda and the less common ruta caprariae Herba, Pestilenzkraut (German).

It was chosen as an ingredient in Wonderup because its active substances are the flavonoids, which are naturally captured by the cells of the receptors in the mammary glands, thus leading to an increase in the volume of the breast and an improvement of the circulation of the mammary gland.

Characteristics and properties of Galega

The main characteristics and properties of the galega are listed below:

  • Flavonoids give to the galega property galactogogue stimulating the secretion of milk in lactating mothers (up to 50% more) for which it is traditionally known and used since ancient times. Properties due to derivatives cumestani: Medicagolo, Medicagolo-methyl and sapo-
    nins from which derives the stimulus to the liberation of prolactin. The galega officinalis not only favors the increase of the quantity of milk produced, but also the quality, increasing the content of nutrients
  • Hypoglycaemic and antidiabetic, reduces the level of sugar in the blood. Its use, therefore, is indicated for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Obviously it cannot replace insulin therapy should be used by diabetics except under medical supervision
  • Diaphoretic, affects liver and detoxification systems due to its ability to increase perspiration and encourage the elimination of toxins through the skin. Also used to assist the immune system for its ability to ward off fever
  • Weak diuretic, affects liver and detoxification systems due to its ability to increase the secretion of urine and the excretion of toxins through the urine.
History and curiosities of Galega

The galega, known in ancient herbals as Herba rutae caprariae, is a leguminous plant that in past times was much used for its diaphoretic properties against malignant fevers and plague, from which one of his popular German names, Pestilenzkraut, plague grass.

“The leaves are harvested when the plant is going to flourish, and once dried with the addition of boiling water, they drank an infusion that promotes sweating abundantly and is excellent for fever” (From The Universal Herbal Hill, 1832).

It was also used as a remedy for worms, and recommended as a cure for snake bites. In 1873 Gillet-Damitte, in a communication to the French Academy, stated that this plant when given to cows increased the secretion of milk from 35% to 50% and since then Cerisoli, Millbank and several French doctors have confirmed that the Galega is a potent galactagogue.

This herb is officially registered in the National Formulary IV annexed to the United States Pharmacopeia.

It is one of the sacred herbs mentioned in the Dictionary of German names of Marzell plants (Marzell, H., Wörterbuch der Deutschen Planzennamen, Liefrung 13, Leipzig. 1954), together with alfalfa (Medicago sativa). In France it was known in some places like Grass Spanish saint, in Gallo-Italic dialect as a sacred herb and wild in Germany as ewigen Klee (everlasting clover - perennial clover).

The legendary popular symbolism of these plants which were attributed these names is derived from the belief that they were present in the stable at Bethlehem, and bloomed in flower when the Christ child was placed upon them miraculously well signifying, like the Star of Bethlehem, his divinity and his dominion over nature.