Materia Medica: Cleavers

 

SUMMARY

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.

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MATERIA MEDICA

Latin Binomial: Galium aparine

Common Name(s): Rubiaceae

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Physical Description of the Plant:   

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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

Chemical Constituents:

Taste: 

Actions:

  • Diuretic
  • Alterative
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Tonic
  • Astringent
  • Anti-neoplastic 
  • Depurative

Indications:

  • 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 

Contraindications/Cautions:

None Known

Drug Interactions:

 

Dosage:

TINCTURE: take 2-4ml of the tincture three times a day.

Dose range between 3.5-7.0 ml of 1:2 liquid extract.

Infusion: 

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.

Combinations: 

  • 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.

Energetics: 

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Flower Essence:  

 

Applications:

  • 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.

Recipes

 

Scientific Research

References: 

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Hoffman, D. (1996).  The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal.  Element Books LTD.

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Gladstar, Rosemary (2012).  Medicinal Herbs. A beginner's guide. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.

Groves, Maria Noel (2016).  Body into Balance.  North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.

Thayer, Samuel (2006). Forager’s Harvest. Birchwood, WI: Forager’s Harvest.

Foster, Steven (1993). Herbal Renaissance. Layton, UT: Peregrine Smith Books.

McIntyre, Anne (2010).  The Complete Herbal Tutor.  London, England: Hatchet Company.

Time. 100 Most Healing Foods. 

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