Cleavers (Galium Aparine)
Galium aparine, also known as goosegrass, stickyweed, gripgrass and velcro weed, is a native of Europe, Asia, North Africa, and Japan, but you will find it growing all over the world today.
When it comes in direct contact with the skin it causes an unpleasant rash. It has vulnerary, refrigerant, diuretic, depurative, astringent, appetite depressant and anti-cancer properties.
Used medicinally as a lymphatic diuretic, it is known for its ability to cleanse the lymph system, kidneys, and liver of toxins. This detoxification action is helpful in treating arthritis and psoriasis as these diseases benefit from blood purification. It is also an effective treatment for urinary infections, gravel, and urinary stones.
Galium aparine is recommended for regulating blood pressure as it does not slow the rate of the heart. It also relieves pain and swelling of the tonsils.
Applied externally as a poultice, it can relieve pain and treat poisonous bites, light wounds, stings of insects, and burns.
It is also used to treat feline lower urinary tract disease and it is safe for long-term administration. It can be used to lower blood pressure in dogs, too.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!