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Cleevers is a creeping plant that makes its way over bushes and plants; it attaches itself to anything it makes contact with, even fingers and clothing  It produces small hook covered ball burrs that attach to anything that brushes against them, particularly my dog’s hairy coat. Also called goose grass or sticky weed, the stem and leaves. when used used in a tea, acts as a diuretic and lymphatic. As a lymphatic tonic, it is used in a wide range of problems involving the lymph system, such as swollen glands (e.g. tonsillitis).

Poultices and washes made from cleavers were traditionally used to treat a variety of skin ailments, light wounds and burns. As a pulp, it has been used to relieve poisonous bites and stings. To make a poultice, the entire plant is used, and applied directly to the affected area.

The asperuloside in cleavers acts as a mild sedative, and one study showed that cleaver extract lowers the blood pressure of dogs, without slowing their heart rate, or any other dangerous side effects. The dose is one ounce of dried leaves to a pint of water, 1 to 2 teaspoons of tincture, or 2 to 4 grams of the dried herb in a cup of boiling water, three times daily.

Who needs doctors? Well, me! I put my faith in medical professionals; the aftercare is often more reliable.


Clever Burrs.

3 Comments on “Clevers.

  1. Do you use the medical properties of the plants you describe on yourself, and are they beneficial in practice as it is described in the blog posts?

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