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Our Cleavers Extract is formulated with only wildharvested FRESH plant material as Cleavers is most powerful as fresh plant formula. Studies & Abstracts listed below reference that:

Cleavers (Galium aparine) - Cleavers is an alterative - a positive change herb - that assists the body with restorative cleansing, a powerful lymphatic tonic, and a beneficial urinary herb for the whole genito-urinary system. Cleavers is traditionally used to support the lymphatic system, moving the lymph.  The draining and circulatory action of Cleavers is particularly useful to breast tissue, where lymph can become stagnant over time and may lead to cysts. Take Cleavers as a tonic for six to twelve months for healthy breasts. A 2016 study on the effect of Cleavers against breast cancer cells has shown that cleavers is a beneficial and valid remedy to help slow the spread of breast cancer. Within only 72 hours after use, cleavers extract exerts toxicity against breast cancer cell lines while remaining safe to normal, healthy breast tissue. Sumac Berry with Red Raspberry Leaf Extract is a wise choice to use at same time for breast health, to support stopping the spread of breast cancer. Energetically speaking, cleavers works on untangling emotional issues like relationship building and boundaries.


Cleavers enhances the function of the lymphatic system and improves its ability to flush out toxins, decrease congestion and reduce swelling. The lymph-cleansing action of this herb in turn enhances the function of the immune system. Cleavers is cooling diuretic, meaning it moves water and lymph out of the body through the urinary tract. The cooling property of cleavers also helps to soothe inflammation that can come with swollen or stuck lymph in the body.

"Actions of Cleavers include 'lymphatic alterative and detoxifier, diuretic, astringent tonic, non-steroidal anti-inflamatory, anti-obesity, adaptogen, anti-neoplastic." Suggested uses for it including enlarged lymph nodes, especially cervical neck nodes, cystic and nodular changes in the glands, nodular goitre, dry skin disorders, psoriasis etc." "The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia (BHP) describes the actions of Cleavers as 'diuretic & miuld astringent and says it is indicated for 'dysuria (painful or difficult urination), lymphadenitis (inflamation of the lymph nodes) & psoriasis and specifically indicated for 'enlarged lymph nodes' The BHP recommends doses of the extract at a dose of 2-4 mls daily."

Source: The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia (BHP) 1996.  


Cleavers is a non-irritating diuretic, increasing the flow of urine and is appropriate for use where there is irritating and inflammation of the bladder, urethera, and vas deferens. This makes it a very valuable remedy for cystitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis, epididymitis, urethritis, chronic UTIs, and interstitial cystitis. Combined with soothing urinary demulcents, cleavers is an excellent part of a formula for any of the above conditions.


50 ml glass dropper bottle - 1 bottle lasts adult use 2 to 4 weeks. 


Cleavers is gentle and suited during pregnancy,  breastfeeding + even suited for children - Consider it especially when there are signs of heat, such as scant and scalding urine or bladder inflammation. 



Cleavers and Uinary Health

Cleavers is a diuretic and has demulcent properties which are soothing to the kidneys and the urinary system, and the herb is especially useful in the treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs) especially when combined with Urinary Compound Tincture..

Cleavers is a valuable remedy for genitourinary concerns like:

  • Cystitis 

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

  • Prostatitis

  • Chronic UTIs 

  • Interstitial cystitis 


Extracts from aerial parts of G. aparine (Cleavers) constitute a herbal remedy with monography in British Herbal Pharmacopeia. On the European market, there are several drugs and food supplements consisting of Galium extracts. 



Phytochemical Profiles and In Vitro Immunomodulatory Activity of Ethanolic Extracts from Galium aparine L. -The results justify the traditional use of extracts from G. aparine as immunomodulatory agents.


Immunomodulatory Activity and Phytochemical Profile of Infusions from Cleavers Herb -



Cleavers Extract

  • Cleavers is an amazing lymph mover.

    The lymphatic system removes waste, decreases congestion, and reduces swelling. Have you ever had swollen lymph nodes around your jaw or neck, armpits, or even the groin? This is how you know your lymphs are blocked and/or you are fighting off sickness. The lymphatic system in the body is deeply connected to our immune system function, though it’s often overlooked.

    The lymphatic system runs through the body through vessels and capillaries, similarly to the cardiovascular system. In fact, wherever you find blood vessels, you are likely to find lymphatic capillaries.

    All those lymph vessels and capillaries help to drain fluids from areas of the body where they need to be moved and usher them through the kidneys and out of the body.  During this process, the fluid flows through lymph nodes, filtering out debris and pathogens on their way.  Think of this system like a sewer system. You definitely don’t want a clogged sewer system.  A clogged, dry or slow moving lymphatic system means all systems in the body are compromised by the lack of movement in this important system.  As this fluid is being moved and filtered, the lymphatic system jumps in to help kickstart the immune system response when a pathogen or virus enters the body.

    Cleavers is cooling diuretic, meaning it moves water and lymph out of the body through the urinary tract. The cooling property of cleavers also helps to soothe inflammation that can come with swollen or stuck lymph in the body.  Because the lymphatic system is so closely connected to the immune system, taking cleavers can also help move things along when experiencing sickness.

    Galium aparine Rubiaceae / Cleavers are one of the best herbs for conditions affecting the lymphatic system. They are used for all manner of congestions in the body as well as for conditions of the skin and urinary tract. This powerful spring herb is a must-have in any herbal medicine chest.


    Immunomodulatory Activity and Phytochemical Profile of Infusions from Cleavers Herb -

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    Bokhari, J., Khan, M.R., Shabbir, M., Rashid, U., Jan, S. and Zai, J.A. (2013). Evaluation of diverse antioxidant activities of Galium aparine. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, [online] 102, pp.24–29. doi:

    Ilina, T., Kashpur, N., Granica, S., Bazylko, A., Shinkovenko, I., Kovalyova, A., Goryacha, O. and Koshovyi, O. (2019). Phytochemical Profiles and In Vitro Immunomodulatory Activity of Ethanolic Extracts from Galium aparine L. Plants, 8(12), p.541. doi:

    Atmaca, H., Bozkurt, E., Cittan, M. and Dilek Tepe, H. (2016). Effects of Galium aparine extract on the cell viability, cell cycle and cell death in breast cancer cell lines. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, [online] 186, pp.305–310. doi:

    Ilina, T., Skowrońska, W., Kashpur, N., Granica, S., Bazylko, A., Kovalyova, A., Goryacha, O. and Koshovyi, O. (2020). Immunomodulatory Activity and Phytochemical Profile of Infusions from Cleavers Herb. Molecules, 25(16), p.3721. doi:

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