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Cleansing with Cleavers

Cleansing with Cleavers

Cleavers (Galium aparine) is a common weed that blooms to life in early spring, just in time for a spring detox! Considered an alterative herb, Cleavers induce small and safe changes to restore health. This makes it a safe and effective herb to add to your herbal pantry.

This gentle herb acts on the ‘waterways’ of the body, removing waste and toxins. Cleavers stimulate the lymphatic system and help to clear swollen glands and congestion. It fortifies the kidneys, urinary tract, and skin to detoxify toxicity within the body. This small but mighty herb revitalizes the immune system and liver for optimal health. 

4 Benefits of Cleavers: 

  1. Moves lymphatic congestion. 
  2. Eases urinary tract infections and rejuvenates kidneys. 
  3. Soothes inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
  4. Aids in overall detoxification.

Identifying & Harvesting Cleavers: 

Cleavers is one of the first plants to bloom in April and offers it cleansing medicine throughout the summer months. This herb has a few unique characteristics that make it easy to identify when foraging. True to its namesake, it has many little bristles that allow it to cling and climb its way upwards. Cleavers’ leaves are narrow, spear-shaped, and occur in rounds of six to eight leaves along the stem. They have white, vanilla-scented flowers that become pungent and aromatic before harvesting time. Legend notes ideal harvest time is when flowers are at their sweetest. 

How to Use Cleavers: 

  1. Make a cold-pressed juice from its leaves. 
  2. Apply directly to skin reactions as a cooling poultice.
  3. Sip to good health with our Women’s Moon Tea
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linda hicks - August 4, 2020

I have been trying to work on my health for a while now. My Grandmother was a herbalist and would take me out to harvest. I loved it, but was too young to remember everything. She had people come to her with issues,and she would send them home with, what they needed. She would not ask for payment of any kind. Often there would be a gift of appreciation in all kinds of forms ,from eggs to potatoes. She was very grateful for their kindness. One day, when I was at a low, I decided to research what wild herbs could help me get my zest for life back. Your site came up on you tube. Well, you got my blood pumping, I dug out all my books and began my quest. You have totally inspired me! I know my grandmother helped me find you. I have just over 40 wild edibles in my yard that I know for sure are edible. The one thing I do remember her saying " if you are not positive that this plant is safe, don’t take the chance until you are sure. There are so many more to be grateful for! I had gone to a blood analysis recently, and she diagnosed me with Lyme disease. It seemed to have been dormant at times, and would flare up, causing all kinds of havoc. Sometime causing me to be bed ridden in agony, and unable to sleep!I have not taken any prescription meds. or over the counter items for over 30 years. My Blood Dr. Has prescribed your Lyme ease. I have noticed pain going away, losing weight, and sleeping through the night( much needed !) I have become excited about the returned feeling of health and knowledge. Knowing there is somewhere I can get the help that will keep me healthy, is a true blessing!You are an answer to prayer! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! God Bless! Linda( Herd) Hicks

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