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Biological Name: Galium aparinecleavers

Other Names: hedge-burrs, cleaverwort, bedstraw, scratchweed, clivers, savoyan, cleavers, sweethearts, coachweed, stick-a-back, cleaverwort, loveman, goose grass, poor robin, goose’s hair, milk sweet, grip grass, catchweed, gravel grass, clabber grass, gosling weed

Elements Applied: The herb is commonly applied in herbal medicine.

Used For: The medicine is applied for relieving spasms, inducing perspiration and urination, and has been referred to as having healing properties.

Cleavers is mainly applied as a topical remedy, but also prescribed for oral use in such conditions as urinary tract inflammations, mucous membrane irritation, bowel catarrh, and stomach catarrh. Fresh herb juice or tea produced from the dried extract is widely applied for skin diseases. Tea or juice is also used topically and left to dry (clean the inflamed area with rectified alcohol, thoroughly supplying the cloth with it).

When necessary, use a salve of cleavers to the skin, combining fresh cleavers juice with butter (refresh every three hours and purify the cloth employed).

Chopped fresh leaves applied straightly to the inflamed area externally are beneficial in case of skin conditions or excessive bleeding. European herbalists prescribe cleavers for curing sores and wounds.

Additional Info: Cleavers belongs to annuals and can be found mostly in wet or grassy areas across the fences and riverbanks of the Pacific countries, the USA (its eastern regions), and Canada. Slim stem climbing along the fence or somewhere else, and growing as long as 6 feet appears from the small root. White or green-colored flowers blossom from late spring to early autumn. Each fruit contains two carpels which have one seed each.

Preparation and Intake: The plant is applied in form of fresh juice, or dried at once to be reapplied in time.

For infusion take one ounce of dried extract, pour one pint of warm (not hot) water, and let infuse for 2 hours. Use from 2 to 8 tablespoons, 3-4 times per day.

In form of tincture the plant is taken in a quantity of 20-30 drops on average, diluted with water. Taken according to necessity.

As an aid for bladder or kidney diseases, especially for burning urine, apply together with marshmallow, buchu, or uva ursi.

Safety: Cleavers can cause constipation, as it’s highly reach in tannin. Prolonged use is not recommended, the ultimate period is 2 weeks with one week of interval.