A.K.A. Clivers, Goosegrass, Stickywilly, Stickyjack, Stickyweed, Stickyleaf, Catchweed, Robin~run~the-hedge, Coachweed, and Bedstraw.Cleavers has a long history of use as an alternative medicine and is still used widely by modern herbalists. It is used both internally and externally in the treatment of a wide range of ailments. The dried or fresh herb is alterative, anti~inflammatory, antiphlogistic, aperient, astringent, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, tonic and vulnerary. A valuable diuretic, it is often taken to treat skin problems such as seborrhoea, eczema and psoriasis, and as a general detoxifying agent in serious illnesses. The plant contains organic acids, flavonoids, tannins, fatty acids, glycoside asperuloside, gallotannic acid and citric acid. It has a mild laxative effect and stimulates the lymphatic system and has shown benefit in skin related problems.Herbalists have long regarded cleavers as a valuable lymphatic tonic and diuretic. 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. The herb may also be useful for chronic low~grade kidney inflammation. In studies cleavers extract lowered blood pressure without slowing heart rate or having any health-threatening side effects. Externally, the tea can be used as a skin wash to improve the complexion and treat skin disorders, cuts and scrapes. The tea can also be used as a hair rinse to treat dandruff.
ORGANIC CLEAVERS - Galium aparine
As an magical ally, cleavers’ quality of sticking to everything it touches reminds us to stick with whatever we’ve set ourselves to. It has been used in traditional magic potions and rituals for it's protective properties and it's tenacious nature. Because of the plants tendency to bind together due to tiny little hooks located on the plants stem and leaves, cleavers is commonly used in binding spells and matters of commitment. Cleavers can be used in spells that deal with commitment issues, rocky relationships and love. Cleavers is energetically feminine and ruled by the element of water and by the Moon and Saturn.