Herb of the Week: Cleavers

Cleavers (Galium aparine) is an excellent traditional remedy for the lymphatics, kidneys, and nervous system.  It has been widely used as a lymphatic tonic to remove stagnation, help the body deal with the crisis at hand, and remove fluid buildup throughout the body.  In turn, skin conditions (especially the dry types) are greatly seen improving, fluid buildup is seen depleting, and and swollen glands are offered a bit of relief as well.  In addition, there is a history of folklore which ties Cleavers with birthing and preventing miscarriage, fevers, measels, and other childhood ailments.  Teas made from the fresh herb are prefered over the dried herb.  This prickley little plant is not far away, so try a cup today!