Cleavers Herb (Galium Aparine)


Cleavers is a diuretic, and can be used to relieve edema and promote urination during bladder infections. It has also been used by people suffering from jaundice, lymph swellings and wounds. It is a mild laxative. It is also a tonic herb, which restores, nourishes and supports the entire body.

Cleavers received its name from its ability to cling (or cleave) to fur or clothing. Dioscorides, a 1st century Greek physician, prescribed it for weariness. Ancient Greek shepherds fashioned sieves from its vinelike stems; and, in some areas of Sweden, some dairy farmers still strain milk through such sieves.

English poulty farmers encourage its growth because it is a favoured food of geese, which explains its nickname of goosegrass.

Key Actions

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antispasmodic
  • diuretic
  • induces sleep
  • lymphatic cleanser
  • mild astringent