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(Galium aparine)

This beneficial herb, I spotted growing wild here in Glastonbury on our way walking up the Tor (hill).
Sometimes called Goose grass or Catch weed.
Love this medicinal plant for any skin problems especially dermatitis, eczema and dermatitis.
I often use it for helping clear acne and soothing rosacea in a tincture.
Can be made into a poultice and applied topically to irritated skin or to soothe burns.
Makes a great skin cleansing tea. Just steep the fresh leaves or aerial parts and make tea.
Can be dried and used for teas too.
It’s actions are diuretic, depurative and lymphatic.
Wonderful for swollen lymphatic glands to aid the lymph nodes and lymphatic system to remove toxins.
The leaves are quite sticky and can stick to trousers when walking as they are covered in tiny hairs. They can be eaten raw but taste better when cooked.
The plant grows close to the ground and is often found near stinging nettles and doc leaves that are also beneficial herbs for skin problems.
Traditionally Clivers has also been used for kidney stones and dysuria.
N.B. Occasionally direct contact with the herb can cause skin rashes in some people. ( hence homeopathically ‘like cures like’.)