I have cleavers on the brain. They are growing tall and thick this time of year in the city and in the woods and meadows. I’d like to share a few links about this awesome and prevalent herb I found out there on the interwebs.
Myrobalan Clinic talks about harvesting cleavers and has some nice pictures of cleavers growing in the hedge rows.
“Tastes like Easter!” Penny Scout: Tracker of Plants touts the deliciousness of cold-infused cleavers and nicely summarizes herbalists’ description of the use of cleaver.
Backyard Patch Herbal Blog gives a lot of background info about cleavers and a few recipes/preparations, including an enticing cleaver face wash. Got to try it!
A lovely personal account of the discovery of cleavers, found on Tales of a Kitchen Herbwife.
Whispering Earth discusses the elemental nature ofÂ cleavers as a harbinger of spring. I particularly enjoyed these words of wisdom from Lucinda:
Cleavers is all about getting things moving and flowing again. I see it as an initiator and indeed it is meant to be auspicious to drink it before a journey. It doesnâ€™t force change, just gently encourages the body to wake and clear itself, helping to remove excess fluids through its diuretic action.
The Verbal Herbal says (and I concur!):
Cleavers is often found growing next to chickweed. This is natureâ€™s way of telling us they should be used together because these two herbs complement each other in formulas.
Looking for a yummy way to use all those cleavers? Wild Concoctions has a recipe for Cleaver Lemonade which I have to try. I love that cleavers can be “juiced” in a blender (since I don’t have a juicier). This has inspired me to make a cup or two of my own!