Cleavers/ Clivers dried herb
Botanical: Galium aparine (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Rubiacece
Amor del Hortelano, Amour du Hortelano, Barweed, Bedstraw, Caille-Lait, Catchweed, Cleavers, Cleaverwort, Coachweed, Eriffe, Everlasting Friendship, Gaille, Gaillet Accrochant, Gaillet Gratteron, Gallium, Galium aparine, Glouteron, Goose Grass, Goosebill, Gosling Weed, Grateron, Gratte-Langue, Grip Grass, Hayriffe, Hayruff, Hedge-Burs, Hedgeheriff, Herbe Collante, Love-Man, Mutton Chops, Rièble, Robin-Run-in-the-Grass, Scratchweed, Stick-a-Back, Sweethearts.
Cleavers are used to increase urine flow to relieve fluid retention. It is also used for painful urination, enlarged or infected lymph nodes, and a skin condition called psoriasis.
People sometimes apply cleavers directly to the skin for ulcers, enlarged glands, breast lumps, and skin rashes.
Can be used as a compress for swollen lymphatic nodes (known as glands), lymphoedema, cysts, abscesses and ulcers and to heal wounds. The cold infusion is also used a a wash for acne and teenage spots.
How does it work?
Cleavers contains chemicals called tannins that might help reduce skin inflammation and have a drying (astringent) effect on the tissues.