Cleavers herb starts to emerge as soon as the snow melts, just in time
when our bodies are sluggish and tired from a long winter.
Cleavers is native to Europe but has spread to many parts of North and South America.
The herb also goes by the unusual names as Goose Grass, Catchweed and Sweet Woodruff.
It’s abilities as a diuretic and lymphatic tonic makes it a traditional spring tonic.
The lymph system is the body’s mechanism to wash tissues of toxins, passing them back into the bloodstream to be cleansed by the liver and kidneys.
This cleansing action makes cleavers useful in treating conditions like psoriasis and arthritis, which benefit from purifying the blood.
Cleavers is a reliable diuretic used to help clean gravel and urinary stones and to treat urinary infections.
In studies cleavers extract lowered blood pressure without slowing heart rate or having any health-threatening side effects.
Possible Benefits of Cleavers Herb:
- Treats Urinary Infections
- Toning and cleansing the lymph
- Water retention
- Swollen Glands
- High blood pressure
- Skin irritations
Cleavers is best taken as a tea or tonic, or infused into as an oil.
Tea is made by steeping 2-3 teaspoons (10-15gm) of the herb in 1 cup (250ml) of hot water for ten to fifteen minutes.
People can drink three or more cups per day.
Cleavers Infused Oil:
A cleavers oil can be used as part of a gentle massage to support the health of the lymphatic system, or a small amount can be smoothed over the skin just before bed.
You might wish to focus on areas where lymph glands are located.
To make an oil with cleavers, it’s best to use dried cleavers to make an
infused oil at room temperature rather than using fresh cleavers.
Sterilize a glass canning jar and allow it to dry completely.
Fill your jar about one-third of the way with cleavers, and then fill the remainder of the jar with a carrier oil such as almond oil or jojoba.
Cap the jar and allow your oil to sit for two weeks, making sure to shake the oil every day.
When your infused oil is ready, strain the oil (a jelly bag on a stand over a clean bowl works very well for this), and bottle in a clean jar. Label and date your creation so that you don’t forget what it is.
If you use extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil as your carrier oil, you can even reserve part of your finished oil to make a cleavers vinaigrette to drizzle over your salads!
Otherwise, make sure to state on your label that your oil is for external use only.
Cleavers has shown non side effect, however for treating specific conditions, it is best to consult with your physician or a qualified herbalist for the best results.
*The statements above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent disease.