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Cleavers

Plants and Herbs
Dried Cleavers
Dried Cleavers

Cleavers (aka Galium aparine) is an annual plant from the  Rubiaceae family. It is widely spread around the world and is thought to be native to North America. This plant has a long history of use in traditional medicine and is also used today by modern herbalists. This herb displays tiny, white flowers and the stems and leaves are covered in hooks so the plant can fasten itself to nearby objects or other vegetation. It is a very effective diuretic and is included as a main ingredient in Cleanse Tea.

 

Medicinal Uses of Cleavers

The above-ground parts of Cleavers are used in medicine. The dried flowers, leaves, stem and fresh juice all have medicinal properties and can be used to treat various conditions.

This plant is an efficient diuretic. It has a mild laxative effect and stimulates the lymphatic system. For this reason this herb is used to treat a number of skin affecting ailments. It is also used to treat skin conditions like seborrhoea, eczema and psoriasis, providing a calming affected to the ares where applied externally. Cleavers can also be used in intense detox treatments for severe affections such as cancer.  Natural organic acids, fatty acids, flavonoids, glycoside asperuloside, tannins, citric acid  and gallotannic acid are found in this amazing herb.

 Consumed dried or fresh, Cleavers is used as the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Alterative
  • Aperient
  • Antiphlogistic
  • Astringent
  • Diaphoretic
  • Diuretic
  • Depurative
  • Febrifuge
  • Vulnerary
  • Tonic

Treatment using dried leaves and flowers consists of ingesting the tea made from these. The recommended and ideal dosage is two cups per day, no more that two weeks at a time.

Consuming this plant is likely safe for adults and children over the age of 2. Medics advise that this plant not be taken more that 2 weeks at a time. Side effects of ingesting this herb for more than the recommended period include stomach discomfort, diarrhea and cramps. In addition to this, the plant should not be ingested by people who suffer from dehydration, loose stools or electrolyte disturbances

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