Lasavia Essences are the gift of vitality of plants, minerals and insects delivered to you with the utmost care. The resolve of Lasavia is to deliver to you Elemental Healing through the introduction of an Essence into your being. We suggest you put a few drops in water, drink and take a moment to be inspired by the qualities of the Essence that you have chosen.
Cleavers, Galium Aparine
Renewing relationships, fresh, cleansing, reaching out to the divine.
‘It is familiarly taken in broth, to keep them lean and lank that are apt to grow fat.’ Culpepper
As I write this I’m drinking water that has had cleavers soaked in it. It has a lovely cucumber taste, and cleanses my palette.
When I first discovered cleavers, I was utterly surprised by its tiny flowers – they are like minute stars – and how the energy in the stem seems to stretch outward. It wholly attracted my attention and it was as if it wouldn’t let go until I made a remedy from it. I still love cleavers, it’s hard to have a favourite amongst these wild weeds, but it must be cleaver as I keep putting it as the first remedy in this collection.
The stems and leaves of Cleavers have very fine hooked bristles, which stick to passing objects like velcro. It will also fastens itself to adjacent plants and shrubs and grows upward. The leaves are narrow, lance-shaped and are rough along the margins and surface, growing around and along the square, delicate, branching stem. The flowers are white, star like and are about 3 mm in diameter. The seeds are round and covered with hooked bristles. As children we used to call them biddibids and our clothes would often be covered in them. They readily cling to whatever they touch, ensuring dispersal of the seeds. Edible and medicinal, cleaver is a valuable diuretic. It can be taken as an infusion or as a poultice on ulcers, sores and skin problems. Taken as a tea it is great spring tonic as it doesn’t grow all the year around.
This remedy clears the auric field and cleanses. It therefore enables us to receive the support appropriate for us at any given moment. It has the ability to bring to it the things it needs, a reminder that we don’t have to be self reliant in everything. This remedy is helpful in putting in to place, and assisting, interdependent partnerships. It can clear a project of negative or heavy energies. It is a remedy that can be used in house clearing or land healing.
Clearing and cleansing, it helps us reach out to the divine. It enables us to move away from lingering in our own rubbish, and helps break old patterns of behaviour. It also helps us to identify these patterns, allowing us to let go as well as reach out to new sources of inspiration. Sometimes we experience a leap in our thinking, or revelation, cleavers can galvanise the resulting paradigm shift. It always calls our attention, telling us: wake up to where you are in your life.