Spring herbs – Nettles and Cleavers

Nettles and cleavers

Mama Nature knows what we need at this time of year – cleavers and nettles growing together to boost our energy, give us iron, purify and cleanse the system and fire us up with vigour for the Springtime.

These are good beginner herbs as easy to identify, especially now, and hard to confuse with anything inedible!

Always check another source of anything new to you, to ID for yourself – and never eat anything you aren’t sure of.

Make sure you pick them away from traffic and where dogs haven’t peed on them.

Cleavers or ‘Sticky Willy’ – Galium aparine

Cleavers are a great little wild herb for food and healing, and they are coming up everywhere here in the South of England at the moment.

This little plant looks and feels like a scrubbing brush and is perfect for cleansing the system at the end of winter. Also amusingly known as ‘Sticky Willy’ which pleases my inner naughty child.

Spring tonic, cleanses lymph, cooling in fevers, good for cystitis, immune booster, soothes mucous membranes, reduces inflammation.

Calming & soothing on the emotions, renewed energy, take before a change of direction. Also good for when commitment to something is needed as they are sticky little things!

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