Cleavers C/S Certified Organic Herb, sold by the gram

Price: $0.08
Cleavers C/S Certified Organic Herb, sold by the gram

Galium aparine sold by the gram @$0.0822/g. Please bring or order a bag.

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You must (please) order a minimum of 100g and buy a biodegradable bag or container.
We reserve the right to change your container to a more appropriate size as needed and to credit or invoice you for any difference in your total order cost.

Poultices and washes made from cleavers were traditionally used to treat a variety of skin ailments, light wounds and burns. As a pulp, it has been used to relieve poisonous bites and stings. To make a poultice, the entire plant is used and applied directly to the affected area. Making tea with dried leaves is most common. It can be brewed hot or cold. For a cold infusion, steep in water and refrigerate for 24–48 hours.

Other uses
Dioscorides reported that ancient Greek shepherds would use the barbed stems of cleavers to make a "rough sieve", which could be used to strain the milk. Carl Linnaeus later reported the same usage in Sweden, a tradition that is still practiced in modern times.

In Europe, the dried, matted foliage of the plant was once used to stuff mattresses. Several of the bedstraws were used for this purpose because the clinging hairs cause the branches to stick together, which enables the mattress filling to maintain a uniform thickness. The roots of cleavers can be used to make a permanent red dye.

Children in the British isles have historically used cleavers as a form of entertainment. The tendency for the leaves and stems to adhere to clothing is used in various forms of play, such as mock camouflage and various pranks.

Photo thanks to Jay Sturner from the USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

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