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Preparation and dosage: Tincture: take 1 teaspoon, 3 x daily. Tea: blend 1 or 2 teaspoonful of the herb into 1 cup boiling water. Simmer 10 minutes. Drink 3 x daily.
Cleavers Herbs (Galium aparine, G. trifida, G. triflorum, G. verum) Cut and Sifted Bulk
Rubiaceae (Madder Family)
The species name aparine derives from the Greek aparo, "to seize," in reference to the plant's tendency to catch on the clothes or fur of whoever passes close by. The common name cleavers also refers to the clinging properties of the plant. Ancient Greeks called it phillantropon, "love of man" assuming that it clung to humans out of love.
Range of Appearance
Native to Europe, cleavers is an annual that grows in open fields and moist areas, often forming a clump with other plants. It features a single trailing square stem, 2 to 6 feet in length, that is covered with small downward-curving hooks. The leaves are whorled in circular rosettes of six to eight leaves. The tiny, white, starlike flowers grow in clusters along the leaf axils. The seeds occur in pairs.
Alterative, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic, aperient, astringent (mild), diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, immune tonic, lithotriptic, lymphatic cleanser, nutritive, refrigerant, tonic, vulnerary
Cleavers helps the body eliminate uric acid and improves the body's ability to remove catabolic wastes through its waterways. It also clears heat and inflammation and promotes tissue repair, and it is a traditional spring cleansing tonic. Cleavers is used to treat acne, appetite loss, arthritis, bedwetting, bladder stones, cancer (juice), cystitis, dropsy, dysuria, edema, eczema, epilepsy, glandular fever, hepatitis, hypertension, kidney stones, mastitis, measles, ovarian cysts, prostatitis, psoriasis, scarlet fever, scrofula, scurvy (with the fresh juice), sore throat, swollen adenoids, swollen lymph glands, throat cancer, tonsillitis, tumors, ulcer, and venereal disease (with the fresh juice). Topically, cleavers can be prepared as a compress, poultice, or salve to treat burns, cancer, eczema, poison ivy, psoriasis, sagging skin, scars, sore nipples, spider bites, stretch marks, sunburn, and wounds. It can be used as a hair rinse to treat dandruff, as a facial wash and toner to treat acne or to remove freckles, or as a mouthwash to treat canker sores and throat ulcers.
Young spring cleavers greens may be eaten raw or cooked. The plant can also be juiced. The seeds are sometimes roasted and used as a coffee substitute, though they do not contain caffeine. Geese, sheep, and cows all relish this plant.
Cleavers tea can be used as an underarm antiperspirant. Ancient Greeks wove cleavers plants together to make a sieve for straining herbs and milk, and cleavers was once used to stuff mattresses. Today, cleavers is sometimes used to curdle milk in cheese making. The root makes a red dye.
Vitamin C, calcium, niacin, silica, glycoside (asperuloside), polyphenolic acids (caffeic acid, gallic acid), flavonoids (luteolin), coumarin, tannins
Cleavers is not recommended in cases of diabetes, as it will increase urination. Contact dermatitis from the fresh juice is a rare occurrence.
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