Cleavers, Gallium aparine, is a prolific spring green here in the Grove. Also called Our Lady's Bedstraw, this herb is associated with creating a safe place to rest and recover while also moving out old and stagnant energires to ready us for the next phase of our journey.
The tincture of cleavers is a tonic to the lymph system, helping to move out stagnant lymphatic fluids. It has a special affinity for the urinary tract, helping to soothe the discomfort of UTI while also aiding the body in moving kidney stones. It is an overall tonic (like most spring greens) and has adaptogenic qualities which help the body handle stress and fatigue.
Cleavers is ruled by the moon and has deeply cooling and moistening properties. If you already have a cool constitution (cold easily, carry extra weight, tend toward depression, etc) be mindful of how your body responds to cleavers medicine. It may tip you too far towrard the cooling end of things. It may still be good medicine for you, but perhaps adding a balancing warming herb to your regimen may be necessary.
*These statements have not been reviewed by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness. Please refer to your medical provider with questions.
Fresh leaves in Everclear bottled in 1 ounce amber glass dropper bottles.
I generally start any tincture with 5-10 drops in a bit of water. Wait 15 minutes and see how you feel. You can take another 5-10 drops in water every 15 minutes until you feel the effects of the tincture in your body. Keep track of how many drops you have taken before you notice the effects, this is your body's dose of the tincture.
This tincture is safe to take three or four times daily or just once in awhile as needed.