Fluid retention, Painful urination, Psoriasis, Enlarged lymph nodes, Skin ulcers, Breast lumps, Skin rashes, Lymphatic System, Kidney Health
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Cleavers (Galium aparine) is a delightful weed that is commonly found in fields across Europe and North America. It is a climbing weed, with whorled leaves and leggy stalks that are covered with hooked bristles that enable it to attach to other objects and passers-by, allowing ease of spread and seed dispersal. Cleavers is in the coffee family, and the mature seeds were roasted and used as a coffee substitute in rural Sweden.
The young green tops were juiced and used as a cleansing spring tonic, providing fresh nutrients and chlorophyll after a long winter.* The tops were also used to make skin washes and poultices to support chapped and compromised skin.* It was also used for snake and spider bites, earaches, and to maintain a healthy weight.
Cleavers is an herb. People use the parts that grow above the ground to make medicine.
People use Cleavers to increase urine flow to relieve fluid retention, and for painful urination, enlarged or infected lymph nodes, and a skin condition called psoriasis, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
People sometimes apply Cleavers directly to the skin for ulcers, enlarged glands, breast lumps, and skin rashes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it work?
Cleavers contains chemicals called tannins that might help reduce skin inflammation and have a drying (astringent) effect on the tissues.
Possible side effects include:
- When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if clivers is safe or what the side effects might be.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if clivers is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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