These are also called "sticky weed." You may have them too. You know, those annoying weeds that stick to everything? Well, my lymph nodes were swollen and ginger and lemon wasn't kicking it's butt.
I made cleaver tea. I noticed after the first cup that my nose started to run, my ear congestion started to clear, and my throat didn't feel like sand paper when I swallowed. My swelling was reduced by half. So I decided to drink a second cup. I steeped for 4-5 minutes and down the hatch it went (sipping it).
I couldn't find any information if I use just the leaves or leaves and stem for the tea, so I used both. It all sticks together anyway, ha ha!
The next morning I still had swollen glands (having allergies can stink), so I made an infusion vs. a hot cup of tea. I sipped it all day long, drinking every drop of it. I felt better, I slept better, and I was overall feeling great.
Cleaver coffee? Ha! I read the seeds can be a substitute for coffee. Interesting.
Last night I read something that said you can use the cleaver infused tea for deodorant. Just dab it on with a cotton ball. Has anyone used this? I wonder if it really works.
Cleaver weed is good for steeping as a tea, for several reasons. Check it out online or in your herbal reference books. It detoxifies and stimulates the lymphatic system. The weed also helps treat liver and bladder problems, and can be used for skin issues. I read it is commonly used by cancer patients. So many more benefits. Who knew? I didn't. Now I know. I wish I knew this when I first got out of the hospital. It's detoxifying ability would have helped me out back then.
The only reason I started to research this weed, is due to running across a recipe that required cleavers in the recipe. Funny how this all worked out for me.
It's tick season here already. I had to pull out our tick oil, and not for the dogs. For my 17 year-old who takes the dogs out most often. She had not one, but two ticks on her neck. She'll be rubbing my tick oil on her neck before exiting the house.
I first made it for the dogs (which works to repel ticks only), and it worked. The best part, is that it's safe on humans. You can get the recipe here.
By the way, since I have been using peppermint oil in my shampoo and hair tonic, I haven't had one tick on me this season.
I follow the poison food journal, and boy there are alerts daily recently - golf ball pieces found in frozen hash browns, salmonella risks involving jalapeno flavored chips and 55 tons of chicken nuggets recalled regarding more salmonella. It's crazy! The garden can't grow fast enough, and I regreat not raising meat birds or rabbits this spring. Soon....soon, we'll be back to raising the meat animals again.