Clivers – also known under a variety of other names including cleavers – earned its name thanks to the propensity of the plant to ‘cleave’ or attach itself to anything that brushes up against it. This action is one way in which the herb thrives as it can sow its seeds widely. It’s also the reason that many years ago, Clivers was used to bind mattress filling. The tiny hooks on the foliage helps to truss them together tightly.
Despite it being a common sight in Britain, clivers’ reputation as a medicinal plant is less well known, despite its powerful health-boosting properties. It is classed as a cleansing herb and so is often included in herbal remedies to treat disorders of the kidneys or urinary tract. This cleansing action refers to its diuretic properties, making it useful as a slimming aid, to help manage water retention and for cystitis.
Used externally it can also be used in skincare products. It’s particularly excellent for helping soothe and calm itchy skin conditions like eczema and calming sunburn. It has both astringent and antiseptic properties, so as well as calming inflammation and fighting irritation and infection, it can also detoxify and cleanse the skin.
In Chinese Medicine, clivers is used to dissolve stagnancy, for inflammation and problems in the urinary tract system. In some areas, the seeds of the plant are dried and then roasted and used as a substitute for coffee. While the plant doesn’t have an odour, the taste can be somewhat bitter.
Although it’s less commonly done so today, in the past, the roots of the cliver plant were used to make a natural dye – when decocted it’s a vivid red colour. One of its other names gives another clue to its alternative use. Sometimes called goosegrass, this is a reference to the fact that it’s a particular favourite of geese. Poultry, horses, cows and sheep will also enjoy eating this herb.
Joseph Flach & Sons is a wholesale distributor of botanical and related products – and we can supply you with bulk quantities of clivers herb. We’re experts in our field and have a long trading history of supporting this. Our herbal import business was first founded in 1882, and since then, we’ve continued to thrive through world wars, recessions and changing needs and trading habits. We have excellent trade relationships with some of the best producers of botanical and related ingredients across the globe. And combined with our outstanding customer service, we can ensure a first-rate experience.
We offer clivers herb in the following forms:
Clivers Herb Cut – Botanical name: Galium aparine
Clivers Herb Powder – Botanical name: Galium aparine
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