Cleavers herb or (Galium aparine) grows along the ground and over the tops of other plants using hooked hairs which grow out from the angular stems and slender leaves to securely attach themselves. The leaves are green, simple and narrow and have star-shaped white flowers which appear in six to eight whorls during the spring or summer.
Herbalists have long regarded cleavers herb as one of the best remedies for kidney and bladder complaints and a valuable lymphatic tonic and diuretic. The herb works with the body’s lymph system to help wash tissues of toxins, passing them back into the bloodstream to be cleansed by the liver and kidneys. This detoxifying action makes cleavers useful in treating conditions like psoriasis and arthritis which benefit from the purifying of the blood. Cleavers astringent properties allow it to be prepared as a facial wash to help clear the complexion and other skin conditions such as eczema, cancer and scrofula.
In research studies, cleavers (Galium aparine) extract lowered blood pressure without slowing heart rate or having any known adverse health side effects.
Prepared as a tea the herb should be taken at two week intervals with a one or two week pause between sessions. Use 1 ounce to a pint of water an simmer for 20 minutes. Take One teaspoon 3 times a day.
Other common names include: Galium aparine, bedstraw, clivers, coachweed, goose
grass, goose’s hair, grip grass, gravel grass, gosling weed, hedge-burrs, clabber grass, catchweed, milk sweet, poor robin, savoyan, scratchweed, cleaverwort, cheese rent herb.