Galium aparine

Cleavers is a reliable diuretic used to help clean gravel & urinary stones & to treat urinary infections.

A also it is often taken to treat skin problems such as seborrhoea, eczema & psoriasis & as a general detoxifying agent in serious illnesses such as cancer.

It has a mild laxative effect & stimulates the lymphatic system & has shown benefit in skin related problems.

Cleavers is used for healing wounds & sores, cysts, boils, swellings or for treating skin infections, swollen lymph glands, snakebites.

Due to its refrigerant properties it is excellent in all cases of fever, scarlet fever, measles & all acute diseases.

Good in scrofula & inflammatory stages of gonorrhea.

Cleavers which the Chinese call Chu-yang-yang, was considered by the ancients as an excellent remedy for obesity & also for cleansing the blood.

It was once held to cure leprosy & is still used to treat skin cancer.

Especially good for kidneys, liver, pancreas & spleen, epilepsy, shrunken kidneys, paralysis of vocal cords, cancer of the tongue, skin & all types of cancers.

Tea is recommended for stomach & intestinal catarrh & for irritations of mucous membranes, tonsillitis, including those of the urinary tract, arthritis, jaundice, dropsy.

Tea made from cleavers can be used as a skin wash to improve the complexion & treat skin disorders & heal cuts & scrapes.

An infusion of the herb has shown of benefit in the treatment of glandular fever, tonsillitis, hepatitis & cystitis.

The infusion is also used to treat liver, bladder & urinary problems.

An infusion can be used to stimulate the kidneys & to expel kidney stones.

If preferred, make a salve for the skin by mixing the fresh juice with butter. Applying the crushed fresh leaves directly is also said to be helpful for skin problems & for stopping bleeding.


This herb may be used freely. But it should be taken for only 2 weeks at a time & then skip 1-2 weeks.

Juice may cause contact dermatitis.


The young leaves can be eaten like spinach.

Using the plant as a vegetable has a slimming effect on the body.

The fresh plant or juice is used as a medicinal poultice for wounds, ulcers & many other skin problems.

Juice of fresh herb used for scurvy.

Cleavers seed is one of the best coffee substitutes, it merely needs to be dried & lightly roasted & has much the same flavor as coffee.


To 1 cup of boiling water add 1 tbsp of dried or fresh herb, steep 10 min.
Take in mouthful doses throughout the day.


Steep 1 tsp dried herb in 1 cup warm (not boiling) water for 2 hours.
Take 2 -8 tbsp 3-4 times a day.

The root makes a permanent red dye.


The cold infusion removes freckles when applied externally.

Also used as a hair tonic, said to be good for the hair, making it grow long.

The tea can also be put to good use as a hair rinse to fight dandruff.

The juice of the fresh plant or a tea made from the dried plant is popular for skin problems. The juice or tea is applied daily & allowed to dry.

A skin wash made from Cleavers tea improves the complexion & is often used as a remedy for dry, aging skin. The recommended treatment is to lay a wet compress of Cleavers tea on the dry, wrinkled skin 3 times a day for 10 minutes. It takes at least 2 weeks to see the results.

Used as a lotion it makes a tonic for the scalp, which clears it of dandruff & the skin.


Used as a love medicine by one tribe, the infusion of plant was used as a bath by women to be successful in love.

A red dye is obtained from a decoction of the root, it is said to dye bones red.

Carry on the person to attract love & good communication.

Add to incenses to protect from problem people & remove obstacles.

Said to gain commitment from your partner when placed secretly in their pocket/purse or on their person.

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