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Cleavers 400mg


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Also known as Goosegrass, because geese like to eat it, Cleavers is indigenous to Britain and Northwestern Europe and has a long history of use in Wales. The Welsh know Cleavers as ‘Cynghafen’ and it was considered by the Physicians of Myddfai as one of the most important of indigenous herbs. Viridian Cleavers is grown on the Herefordshire/Welsh borders


Fresh organic Cleavers herb (Galium aparine) tincture 1:1.5 w/v in 25% organic ethanol.

15-30 drops, 2-3 times daily in a little fruit juice or water.

1ml = 400mg fresh Galium aparine root.

Powdered herb: 400mg capsules, one to three capsules daily.


Potential applications

Beneficial for improving lymphatic detoxification. Use in cases of swollen lymph glands such as tonsillitis. Skin disorders due to poor lymphatic circulation – the cause of psoriasis may be partly explained by this. Kidney / bladder discomfort and general oedema (water retention).

Some researchers have found that Cleavers can help aid circulation in the elderly.

Externally it can be used for applying to burns or abrasions.

Cleavers is slightly blood pressure lowering (hypotensive) and anti-inflammatory.


Known contraindications

Not recommended for use during pregnancy or lactation.