Name: Galium verum
Names: Yellow bed- straw, cheese rennet, curdwort, lady's bedstraw, maid's hair, yellow cleavers
Used: The herb
Yellow bedstraw is used essentially like cleavers, its activity being perhaps somewhat stronger. In addition, yellow bedstraw tea has been recommended for epilepsy and dropsy, and as a calmative.
Yellow bedstraw is found in dry fields of the north- eastern U.S. and in pastures and meadows in Europe. The slender, square, smooth stern grows from 6 inches to 3 feet high and bears linear, bristle-tipped leaves in whorls of 6 or S. From May to September, tiny yellow flowers appear In dense panicles.
Infusion: Steep I tbsp. dried herb in 1/2 cup water. Take 1 cup a day, freshly made each time.
Juice: Take 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup hot water over the course of a day.
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