the seeds were roasted and ground to make a coffee-like tea. It was
also used crushed into a ball to scour cooking pots and pans clean.
it gained a reputation as a herb that could heal nearly any complaint.
In the ancient world Cleavers was used to treat cancer. Gerard wrote of Cleavers as a marvelous remedy for the bites of snakes, spiders and all venomous creatures. One of the founders of Roman medicine, Galen, described it as a cure for obesity. Cleavers is an old treatment for one of the toughest of all skin problems; psoriasis, plus bladder and kidney infections.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is used as an anti-inflammatory and to move stagnation.
Spring Cleanse - Cleavers are most well known for their detoxing, anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties, particularly their ability to cleanse the lymph nodes and to cleanse the blood.
Cleavers is like that refreshing gust of
wind, blowing through the house after a long winter, sweeping out last
year’s debris and making way for the warmer weather. This is how
Cleavers works in the body, a tonic for the lymphatic system,
traditionally taken in the spring to clear out stagnation.
Bladder & Kidneys - Cleavers are very useful for treating urinary or bladder infections given the diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. Great for bladder and kidney stones and scalding urine.
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.
Lymphatic Drainage - Cleaver tea is often used by herbalists as a remedy for swollen glands, tonsillitis, or any other sickness that would benefit from lymphatic drainage support, such as respiratory infections.
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. Cleavers is the ultimate springtime herb and starts to appear when sluggish immune systems are in need of a boost.
Eczema & Psoriasis - Cleavers is a fantastic all-around skin healer. The cleansing and lymphatic effects of Cleavers make it useful in the treatment of chronic skin disorders including eczema, acne, urticaria and psoriasis.
Cleavers also makes an outstanding facial wash owing to its ability to make the skin tighter. People who have normal wrinkles and droopiness on their face, which occurs as one ages, should consider using cleavers, as they might find it beneficial for their condition.
Nervous System & Emotions - The nervous system can benefit from
Cleavers as well. Matthew Wood’s specific indications for someone in
need of Cleavers are: nervousness, sympathetic excess, skin tickles and
itches easily, a feeling of fussiness, insatiability, irritability, and
“not myself”. Thomas Easley notes that Cleavers acts on the sheathes of
the nerves, and that cleavers should be considered when
exposure to gluten is causing inflammation.
Rheumatism & Arthritis - Also great for rheumatism and arthritis, and as an underarm lotion to neutralise acid perspiration!
Hair & Teeth - Cleavers are rich in silica which is great for healthy skin, hair, nails, teeth and connective tissues.
Wounds, Acne, Bleeding
- Topically cleavers are used as a poultice for skin ailments such as
wounds, burns, eczema, acne & psoriasis, rashes, dandruff. Crush
the herb well and apply to cold sores, blisters, burns, bleeding and
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.
Ingredients: organically grown Cleavers leaves & flowers, steeped in Kerikeri-made pure alcohol & vegetable glycerin.
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