[HERB] Cleavers | Sweet Woodruff | Adhered Faker | Galium Aparine

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Cleavers, Clivers, Goose Grass, Catchweed, Sweet Woodruff

Medicinal Uses: * Eczema * Hair * Hypertension * Kidney * Pet * Psoriasis * Skin Care

Properties: * AntiCancer * Appetite Depressant * Astringent * Depurative * Diuretic * Refrigerant * Tonic * Vulnerary

Parts Used: Dried aerial parts and fresh expressed juice

Constituents: coumarins,iridoid glycosides (asperuloside, acumin),tannins,citric acid,gallotannic acid

How to Use: Cleavers

Cleavers has been used to treat urinary infections in cats (FLUTD)

Herbalists have long regarded cleavers as a valuable lymphatic tonic and diuretic. The lymph system is the body's mechanism to wash tissues of toxins, passing them back into the bloodstream to be cleansed by the liver and kidneys. This cleansing action makes cleavers useful in treating conditions like psoriasis and arthritis, which benefit from purifying the blood. Cleavers is a reliable diuretic used to help clean gravel and urinary stones and to treat urinary infections. 1In cats, these actions make cleavers a safe long-term aid in the treatment of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), and the herb may also be useful for chronic low-grade kidney inflammation.2 In studies cleavers extract lowered blood pressure without slowing heart rate or having any health-threatening side effects. 3,4

Cleavers is a coffee relative, and the roasted seeds are used as a coffee substitute. The young leaves can be eaten like spinach.

Preparation Methods & Dosage : Herbal tea or 1/2 teaspoon of a liquid extract three times a day 

Cleavers Remedies

Cleavers Side Effects: Cleavers is considered a safe herb

Plant Description

Galium aparine
Atlas des plantes de France. 1891
The bristle-covered fruit will latch onto (cleave)animals who brush by, hence one of its names, catchweed. Geese love it, so the name goosegrass. Native to North America and found in all the lower 48 states and Alaska.

Regional Traditions :North America *


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