National Herb Week: Cleavers – a Weed with Benefits
In celebration of National Herb Week I’ve decided to talk about a very popular herb in our household. What I love about Cleavers is they grow as wild weeds throughout the neighborhood and I catch Walter chewing on it while we’re out for walks.
I lived with a dog, Sandola, and she was the first dog I’ve lived with that naturally ate Cleavers on walks. I was curious so I brought the herb to our Holistic Vet that provide the dogs with their herbs and tinctures to find out more – about this sticky, weed. I also knew that Cleavers found its way into many of the tinctures Becky made for Bruiser, our dog with Irritable Bowel Disease and we had briefly discussed the benefits but I needed a refresher. And it prefers moist climates which is why we see it a lot here in the Pacific Northwest. They’re part of the Galium genus.
What are the benefits of this weed?
- According to the book, Herbs for Pets, written by Gregory Tilford and by go to resource outside of our holistic vet: the primary medicinal activities include helps with blood cleansing, diuretic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, heals wounds
- Strongest affinities: Lymph system, urinary tract and skin
- Preparation: Juice, tincture, or tea of the fresh plant
- Cleavers is used in any condition that is characterized by general or localized swelling. It is also thought to increase lymphatic flow throughout the body tissues.
- It’s a safe herb with no contraindications.
Do you use any herbs with your dogs? Do you dogs ever munch on herbs that grow near where you walk?