Cleavers is a pasture plant of Britain and North America easily recognized by its clinging leaves and sticky seeds that attach themselves to passing people and animals. The entire plant is used in herbalism, harvested just before it blooms in early summer. Cleavers is related to both quinine and sweet woodruff. It has no odor, and a slightly bitter taste. Cleavers is a pasture plant of Britain and North America easily recognized by its clinging leaves and sticky seeds that attach themselves to passing people and animals. It has no odor, and a slightly bitter taste. The flowers are hermaphrodite, with white petals in shape of small stars and grains are round, small and present numerous sticky hairs that stick easily to animal fur, they are why plant is called “sticky”.
Benefits of Cleavers:
- Lymphatic System- Cleavers enhances the function of the lymphatic system and improves its ability to flush out toxins, decrease congestion and reduce swelling. The lymph-cleansing action of this herb in turn enhances the function of the immune system.
- Kidney Health- The diuretic action of Cleavers helps to flush out waste, toxins and excess fluid from the kidneys. When blood flow to the kidneys declines due to illness, they respond by retaining water, which is why diuretic herbs can be useful. Diuretic herbs help the kidneys release excess sodium into the urine and can prevent the build up of other minerals that can cause kidney stones if left unchecked. If you have a pre-existing kidney condition it is vital that you speak to your healthcare provider before using diuretic herbs.
- Liver Health- Various studies have confirmed the hepatoprotective effect of Cleavers. It not only protects the liver from damage, it helps it to heal with its cleansing properties. Cleavers also stimulates bile production and prevents bile ducts from becoming clogged.
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s)- With a long history of traditional use for UTI’s, Cleavers diuretic properties coupled with its soothing, demulcent action make this herb ideal for calming and inflamed urethra. Regular drinking of Cleavers tea can act as a preventative measure for the incidence of recurring UTI’s. The “Indian Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Biotechnology” published an article about the diagnosis, causes, symptoms and treatments of UTI’s. It recommends Cleavers for acute or chronic cystitis with swollen lymph nodes and uterine inflammation.Cleavers can also be useful in protecting the lining of the bladder against irritation which can lead to an overactive bladder.
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“Clivers is used to increase urine flow to relieve fluid retention. It is also used for painful urination, enlarged or infected lymph nodes, and a skin condition called psoriasis. People sometimes apply clivers directly to the skin for ulcers, enlarged glands, breast lumps, and skin rashes.” Clivers
“The seeds of Galium aparine have a high content of bioactive compounds (vitamins, phenolic compounds, carotenoids) important in human health and nutrition. Chemical ingredients of G. aparine include: iridoid glycosides such as asperulosidic acid and 10– deacetylasperulosidic acid, asperuloside, aucubin and monotropein, alkaloids such as caffeine, phenolics such as phenolic acids, anthraquinone derivatives such as aldehyde norda mnacanthal (1,3–dihydroxy–anthraquinone–2–al), flavonoids, coumarins, organic acids such as citric acid and a red dye. Sticky can combat staphylococcal infections. It is beneficial for cleansing, purifying and detoxifying body” Vegetal Metabolomics to Seeds of Galium Aparine
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