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  • Galium aparine
  • Origin: Hungary


Common Name

Standardized: cleavers
Other: bedstraw, clivers, goosegrass

Botanical Name

Galium aparine L.
Plant Family: Rubiaceae



Cleavers is a pasture plant of Britain and North America easily recognized by its clinging leaves and sticky seeds that attach themselves to passing people and animals. The entire plant is used in herbal medicine, harvested just before it blooms in early summer. Cleavers is related to both quinine and sweet woodruff. It has no odor, and a slightly bitter taste.


Chlorophyll, citric acid, rubichloric acid, tannins.

Parts Used

Usually the above ground parts of the plant, dried and chopped.

Typical Preparations

Usually taken as a tea, but can be eaten or ground fresh. Equally as suitable as an extract or capsule and may be lightly sprinkled on food as it has a fresh taste.


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.