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Related to cleavers: Galium aparine
a Eurasian rubiaceous plant, Galium aparine, having small white flowers and prickly stems and fruits
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz