We’re back with another plant walk video from Herbal Academy Assistant Director, Jane Metzger. In this video, Jane will be showing us how to identify cleavers as well as sharing some common preparations this plant is used in. Just click play on the video below or watch it on our YouTube channel.
Cleavers, Galium aparine (Rubiaceae)
One of the primary therapeutic uses of cleavers is its use for imbalances in the lymphatic system. It is widely regarded as an ally in the case of lymphatic congestion, wherein one sees conditions of swollen glands, gravel, fibrous tumors, and calcifications. Cleavers has alterative and diuretic actions, which help move lymphatic fluid and ease stagnation. It is often employed as a nutritive spring tonic to “get things moving” after a long winter.
With its diuretic, demulcent, and astringent actions, cleavers helps to soothe urinary imbalances such as cystitis and stagnant urination, as well as prostate issues. It helps to move fluid from the body, easing edema. As an anti-lithic, cleavers exhibits a dissolvent ability used by herbalists to help with kidney stones. Cleavers alterative action is helpful for skin issues such as dry eczema, psoriasis, scrofula, scurvy, burns, and various skin disorders. Cleavers may be contraindicated in cases of diabetes, and in some may cause contact dermatitis.
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