Also Known as: Goosegrass, Barweed, Catchweed, Clivers, Goosegrass, Grip Grass, Sticky-willy, Zhu Yang
Uses: Culinary, Pot Herb, Medicinal, Dye, Detox, Coffee Substitute, Love Potion, Weight Control, Anti Aging, Tonic
Parts used: Seeds, Flowers, Leaves, Roots
Preparation: Fresh, Dried, Tincture, Tea, Flower Essences, Tea, Juicing, Poultice, Wash
- Symbolizes: Finding Love
- Language of Flowers meaning: Tenacity, I am determined to win your love.
- Associated with: Binding Love, Crown Chakra
- Element: Water
- Governed by: Saturn, Venus, Moon
Cleavers are from the Rubiaceae family, the same family as coffee. The seeds can be dried ground into a coffee substitute. Cleavers are valued more as a medicinal than an edible tho’ young shoots can be eaten fresh and added to bulk up soups, eggs and stew type dishes. The best way to extract this plants nutrients and medicinal values is through cold infusion, making it great for juicing. However the pulp may need to be filtered out.
Health and Wellness
Cleavers are highly valued as a medicinal remedy and diuretic in Asia as an internal and external agent. Externally it is used as a poultice for inflammation and wound care, and a wash for calming for edema inflammation, treating rashes, boils and cysts. Infusing it as tea can brings down fevers, be calming for sleep and a powerful detox for the lymphatic system and liver. It has been used to reduce high blood pressure, weight loss and due to its astringent properties to tighten skin.
The roots of the Cleaver plant is used to make red dye.
Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.