Bulk Cleavers Herb Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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Cleavers Herb Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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Cleavers is a ground cover found in meadows and other wayside places that is in the madder or bedstraw family, which includes the coffee plant.

At one time, in fact, the roasted seeds of cleavers were used as a coffee alternative. Today, the leaves and stems of the herb are used to brew tea or to make topical skin washes and poultices.

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approximate cups to one pound18
origineastern europe
active compoundsIridoids, alkanes, flavonoids, tannins, polyphenolic acids, and anthraquinones.
plant part usedaerial part
processingcut & sifted
sustainabilitywild crafted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
appearance & aromaGrass-like with a mild scent.


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cosmeticMake hot water infusions or alcohol tinctures for use in skin washes.
culinaryUse the dried herb in tea blends or to make tinctures.

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When brewed has a slightly bitter taste.

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Cleavers is an herbaceous annual in the bedstraw (coffee) family that is also known by a variety of other common names that describe its growth habit, such as Sticky Willy, Catch Weed and Grip Grass. In fact, the plant is considered an invasive weed by many gardeners because it tends to “run over” its neighbors by latching onto their stems with hooks and eventually climbing over their tops.

If harvested before flowering, the young shoots are edible as a salad herb. Like other members of the bedstraw family, cleavers was once used as mattress stuffing. In ancient Greece, the hooked stems were used to form a matrix through which to strain milk. In some parts of Europe, this practice continues today.

Cleavers herb contains a number of active compounds, including phenolic acids, coumarins, flavonoids and iridoid glycosides such as aucubin.

Background: Its name is derived from its ability to cling to fur or clothing, and the stems were used by shepherds to strain milk.

Cleavers Description: Cleavers is found in grassy, moist areas year-round in Eastern America and Canada along the Pacific Coast. It has a thin taproot with a prickly stem protruding up to 6 feet long. The leaves are rough and grow in groups of up to eight around the stem. Small greenish-white flowers blossom from May to September and a conjoined, single-seeded fruit is produced each year.

Safety: Take only two weeks each round, skipping a week or two since Cleavers herb is high in tannin, meaning it is highly astringent.

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