Materia Medica: Cleavers
A popular herb in folk medicine, Cleavers is a fast growing weed that produces long sticky stems. Young shoots are usually the first weeds to appear in a garden in spring, and make a wonderful cleansing tonic – a remedy widely used in central Europe and the Balkans.
Latin Binomial: Galium aparine
Common Name(s): Rubiaceae
Physical Description of the Plant:
Harvest and Collection:
Parts of the Plant Used: Dried arial parts and the fresh expressed juice.. The plant should be gathered before flowering and dried in the shade.
Qualities: Cold, sightly dry, salty, moist
- Best tonic to the lymphatic system available
- Lymphatic cogestion & stagnation
- Swollen glands – esp. in tonsillitis and adenoid trouble (under and about the ears)
- Dissolves calcareous deposits in the tissues, sweeps fluids and solids down to the kidneys and helps remove them
- Helpful in ‘gatherings of the nerves’ – inflammation of the nerve endings
- It is widely used in skin conditions especially the dry varities such as – psoriasis
- Useful in the treatment of cystitis and other urinary conditions where there is pain and may be combined with demulcents for this
- Potential use in eczema and kidney stones
TINCTURE: take 2-4ml of the tincture three times a day.
Dose range between 3.5-7.0 ml of 1:2 liquid extract.
Pour a cup of boiling water onto 2-3 tsp dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 mins. This should be drunk 3 times a day.
- For Lymphatic System, works well with poke root, echinacea and marigold.
- For skin conditions it works with yellow dock and burdock.
- Combine with pokeroot or loan qiao – lymphatic/detoxifying herbs.
- JUICE: Liquidize or pulp fresh plant to make and effective diuretic and lymphatic cleanser for a range of conditions – including glandular fever, tonsillitis and prostate disorders.
- INFUSION: Generally less strong than fresh juice. Use this for urinary problems such as cystitis or gravel. Also take as cooling drink during fever.
- COMPRESS: Soak pad in infusion and use on burns, grazes, ulcers and other skin inflammations.
- CREAM: Use regularly for psoriasis.
- HAIR RINSE: Use infusion for dandruff or scaling scalp problems.
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