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Cleavers (Galium aparine) herb cut and sifted -Bulk
Cleavers (Galium aparine) herb cut and sifted -Bulk.
Make an infusion using 1-2 heaping teaspoon per cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes, covered. Strain. Dose: 1 cup of the infusion (tea) 3 times per day.
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.
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.
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