Cleavers Cold Infusion

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Cleavers emerge from the earth early in springtime, gently moving a winter weary lymphatic system back into action & waking up the immune system. The full spectrum of its medicine is most powerfully accessed in an unheated form & the simplest (as well as my personal favorite) way to do this is with a cold infusion.


  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped cleavers
  • 1 32oz mason jar
  • 32oz fresh water

Place cleavers in a jar & fill with water. Let sit overnight in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours & drink! Because the wisdom of the earth times their arrival exactly when our bodies can best use their medicine when they are growing is a perfect time to use them.

Cleavers Succus

If you’d like to use the medicine of cleavers year round, the juice can be preserved with vodka, honey or vegetable glycerine in an herbal preparation called a succus. If you don’t have a juicer you can finely chop the plant material & squeeze the juice through a piece of muslin or cheesecloth.


  • 1 part fresh cleavers juice
  • 1 part 100 proof vodka, honey or food grade vegetable glycerin

Mix the two parts together & store in a cool place out of direct sunlight in a glass bottle or mason jar. Shelf life of 1 year & possibly longer.



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