You may not have heard of this edible wildflower, but it has been used for centuries for its healing properties. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it to treat skin conditions, urinary infections and digestive issues.
It is probably most well known for its diuretic properties, increasing urine production and thus helping the kidneys eliminate waste from the body. For this reason, it is often used by people with urinary tract infections or kidney issues. It is also thought to support the lymphatic system, which helps to remove toxins from the body.
Scientists have examined this herb and have confirmed it has anti-inflammatory properties – it suppresses the production of inflammatory molecules.
Cleavers herb has also been shown to have anticancer properties, extracts from it have been shown to kill various types of cancer cells.
Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladster is a big advocate of cleavers herb, writing “Cleavers is a herb for our times. In a world where we are exposed to a constant barrage of environmental toxins, cleavers offers us a gentle yet powerful ally for cleansing and rejuvenation.”.