The cleavers, also known as goosegrass or bedstraw, scientific name Gallium Aparine, is a plant belonging to the Rubiaceae family, that includes also the asperula, and is characterized by hooked hairs that grow out of the stem and leaves. As a remedy the cleavers has purifying, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties, especially indicated to purify kidney, liver, spleen and pancreas, helps remove toxins but it is also useful in case of urinary gravel and stones and to counteract urinary tract infections such as cystitis. For external use, the cleavers can be applied locally to treat boils, ulcers, wounds, dermatitis and withered skin. Prepare the herbal tea, suitable for both drinking and external wraps, by bringing to boil a little more than a cup of water. When the water has reached the boiling point, remove from the heat and add 1 teaspoon of dried plant, let it rest for five minutes, then filter. To treat problems of the urinary tract or for a detoxifying action, drink the infusion, do not exceed two or three cups a day and do not use during pregnancy, breastfeeding and in young children. For skin affections do wraps using gauze soaked in the tea.
Purifying action on liver, spleen, pancreas and kidney, useful in case of urinary tract infections but also urinary gravel and stones, removes toxins, for external use helpful in case of pimples, eczema, dermatitis, wounds and dull skin.