Cleavers is an annual plant with a square stem and branches and leaves that come off of the stem in a flat, spiral pattern of six to eight leaves. It prefers moist, leafy soil. The entire plant is covered in fine hook-like hairs that are responsible for it clinging to everything. Cleavers is found growing in and amongst taller herbs and shrubs. If no other plants are available for it to grow on, Cleavers will grow flat against the ground. Flowers are white and star-shaped. Cleavers was historically made into teas by Native Americans and used as a liver tonic and protectant. It was also used as a diuretic.
History and Folklore:
Cleavers got its name because it cleaves to other plants and to passers-by. The seeds have a floss that can be used for starting fires.
Cultivation and Harvest:
All of the above-ground parts of the plant are useful. It can be harvested at any time. If you see cleavers in bloom, harvest the whole plant. Cleavers can be used fresh or dried. It can be stored frozen for later use.
Do not use if pregnant or nursing.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Diuretic, Lymph Drainage, Liver Restorative
Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Squawroot, Bugwort, Rattleroot, Rattleweed, Richweed, Cimicifuga, Sheng ma, Chinese Black Cohosh
Tincture Ingredients: Cleavers (Galium aparine)
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