Organic Cleavers (Galium aparine) flowering herb
1:1.4 fresh + dry in a base of organic alcohol and spring water
Promotes normal circulation and invigoration*
- Restores normal, healthy circulation
- Promotes vitality
- Supports normal function of the kidneys and urinary tract
- Supports detoxification and depuration
Dr. Jill’s Commentary
If you’re an avid hiker, you may already know this plant. It’s aptly named Sticky Willie in Scotland, Sticky Nellie in Ireland, and Hitchhiker in the states. Cleavers love to reach out, attach to clothing and ride along for the duration of your hike.
Cleavers are considered a potherb, like nettles, meaning they are safely eaten regularly for food. Fresh Cleavers are commonly steamed or boiled, as they do have a stick-in-the-throat quality when fresh. An alcohol preparation as a tincture is an easy alternative.
For people who struggle with lymphatic congestion, heaviness of the limbs, sluggish circulation and weak urine flow, I love this plant. Though it’s known as a diuretic, I haven’t seen it cause dehydration like pharmaceutical diuretics can. But rather, I see it correct the fluid balance in the body, cell by cell, and improve hydration and energy overall.
When mold reduces ADH (anti-diuretic hormone), the general tone of the circulation relaxes as a protective response to keep more volume in the circulatory system. Unfortunately, this can become a habit, and an astringent plant like Cleavers needs to be used to tonify the circulatory system. This activity is referred to as lymphagogue.
In Chinese medicine, Cleavers are used to clear damp heat, represented by symptoms such as water retention, phlegm, puffiness of the skin, or a distended abdomen. Many people with mold illness describe feeling incredibly dehydrated but puffy, as if the water is log-jammed. That’s lymphatic congestion. And a lymphagogue is in order. Cleavers are a very nice addition to Lymphatic Massage, as I talk about in the REPAIR section of my book, Break The Mold.
As one of the first greens to arise in the spring, I wonder if this spring tenacity and vigor is what makes the difference for my mold-sick patients. Cleavers are generally collected before the fruiting body forms. The fruit contains caffeine and is used as a milder coffee alternative. This formulation was collected before the fruit was formed, but if you’re extremely sensitive to caffeine, proceed cautiously.
A typical dose for mold is 1/2 dropper added to a bit of warm water, taken 2-3 times daily.
From The Book
Here are some key points from my book, Break The Mold, so you can see how this REPAIR tool fits into a mold recovery plan.
This picture best describes the steps to recover your health after a toxic mold exposure.
The first solution is to AVOID mold!
AVOIDANCE means getting away from the mold.
FUNDAMENTALS involve specific foods and lifestyle factors that can greatly improve your ability to conquer mold.
PROTECT and REPAIR is accomplished with targeted nutrients to manage the toxic damage from mycotoxin exposure.
FIGHT means conquering fungal overgrowth in your body.
*This statement has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent a disease.