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cleavers

cleavers

Cleavers is a weed that grows in moist or wet areas, riverbanks etc. It has prickly stems with thin leaves with usually 8 fingers. Leaves, seeds and stem have small velcro-like hook-tipped hairs. White-green flowers have 4 petals. You can consume the whole plant, usually as a tea. Tea is used to purify blood, liver, kidney, bladder. A diuretic, it is often taken to treat skin problems such as seborrhoea, eczema, psoriasis, acne, boils, sunburn and abscesses.. Contains citric acid used for cancer and tumors. Great for detoxifying. If your face is wrinkly and sagging, make a facial wash- it tightens the skin. A great body cleanser, helps lymph system drain toxins and wastes so that they can be excreted by the urinary system, making it great for lymph problems like or lymphatic problems like swollen lymph glands, breast and skin issues, even anti-tumor. Great for treating fluid retention. Helps urinary infections, urinary stones and gravel, arthritis and gout. Seeds make great coffee substitute. When dried and slightly roasted- tastes almost exactly like coffee.
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We take our foraged find - five St George's mushrooms, a handful of young nettle leaves and a handful of goosegrass, each piece 20cmlong - down the river path to set up the camp stove somewhere more sheltered.
Resistance to Round-up is increasing: goosegrass in Malaysia, Italian ryegrass, Australian ryegrass, horseweed in US.
Add cow parsley to your potato salad and goosegrass to soup, tuck into hawthorn spring pudding, sea beet tart and stewed milk thistle.
Identify goosegrass, barnyardgrass and other broad-leaf coarse-growing grasses which are not crabgrass.
CLEAVERS, Sticky Willie or goosegrass if you prefer.