Cleavers Tea - Ancient, Traditional, and Modern Benefits

Throughout history, humans have been fascinated with love potions and love spells. To love and be loved is one of humanity’s greatest desires. It explains why people from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome used fragrances in their art of seduction. The Greek Magical Papyri from Graeco-Roman Egypt (a period from 332 BC to 395 AD) includes numerous spells of attraction and instructions on how to make an erotic doll which was intended to represent a person’s object of desire.

Interestingly, a lowly herb whose barbed stems were used by ancient Greek shepherds as rough sieves to strain animal hairs out of milk, the cleavers have been used as an ingredient in love potions. Whilst there is no evidence that it can attract the attention of a romantic interest, one can attract good health with this healing plant. Its medicinal value will be discussed further below.

Characteristics of the Cleavers Plant

Cleavers or Galium aparine is an annual herbaceous plant that bears globular fruits and doesn’t actually grow in height unless it attaches itself to a tree or a tall plant.  It has stalkless leaves, creeping straggling stems that branch out, and white to greenish flowers that are tiny and star-shaped.  This weed is native to Europe and western Asia, but it is now naturalized throughout most of the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Central America, North Africa, and some countries in South America. Cleavers is also known by many names which include clivers, bedstraw, goosegrass, catchweed, sticky bob, stickyweed, stickybud, stickyback, robin-run-the-hedge, sticky willy, sticky willow, stickyjack, sticklejack, grip grass, sticky grass, bobby buttons, and velcro. The plant belongs to the Rubiaceae family. 

Flavour Profile

One of the freshest teas you can find, Cleavers tea has a fresh, green flavour that’s often used as a springtime tonic. With a grassy, herbal flavour, it’ll remind you of peas and celery for their freshness. It’s very much a green tea without being green tea!

Modern Medicinal Value

The Galium aparine herb was often used in Chinese medicine and may give relief to patients suffering from Arthritis, Psoriasis, and Eczema. Tea made from this may also aid with blood purification. Cleavers tea is a good source of vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, coumarins, and alkaloids. Other benefits include the following:

It helps keep the lymphatic system healthy

The lymphatic system aids in the detoxifying process by getting rid of the toxins and other unwanted materials out of the body. It transports lymph, a fluid that contains infection-fighting white blood cells throughout the body.

Cleavers tea supports the movement of the lymph fluids and improves the ability of the lymphatic system to flush out toxins, enhance the function of the immune system, decrease congestion, and reduce swelling. Due to this, it may certainly help keep one away from certain diseases.

It is good for the kidney and the urinary tract

Cleavers tea is a good diuretic. This drink can flush out waste and excess fluid from the kidneys, aid the said organs in releasing sodium into the urine, and prevent the buildup of other minerals that may lead to kidney stones.  It may also treat urinary infections and improve bladder health. An article published by the “Indian Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Biotechnology” recommends this herb for acute or chronic cystitis with swollen lymph nodes and uterine inflammation.

It is good for the liver

The liver detoxifies the body. It can clear out alcohol, drugs, and chemicals from the blood by processing these unwanted materials so that we can get rid of them through urine. However, as it cleanses the blood, toxins that can injure liver cells may form. Cleavers does not only protect the liver, this herb can also help it to heal with its cleansing properties, promote healthy liver function, stimulate the production of bile, and prevent bile ducts from being clogged.   

It can help promote weight loss

Cleavers tea can help maintain one’s weight. This herb has fibre which can improve your metabolism and properties that can reduce the absorption and digestion of fat in the body. Therefore, it can help promote weight loss.

The Galium aparine can also be a replacement for coffee since it belongs to the same family as the latter. Its seeds can be roasted and unlike regular coffee, it does not contain caffeine.  Cleavers tea is very refreshing, delicious, and nutritious. A cup of it a day can do wonders for one’s health. Cleavers tea and the cleavers plant is not known for any particular or proven side effects but we do recommend following the advice of your health professional if you are looking to drink this tea for its health benefits. 

If you’re looking to try a new tea with many benefits, check out our range of Cleavers Tea at Tea Life today!


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