Clivers Tincture: How to Use?
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Kelly
Posted on: June 19, 2005

I purchased a bottle of super strength clivers herb. It tells you to put 3-5 drops in water 3 times daily before meals. When I purchased this it said that it worked for freckles. I cannot have any caffeine, none whatsoever. What exactly is it for. It didn’t come with any papers other than what’s writen on the bottle, which does not tell much, unless your familiar with the product.

Unfortunately the laws governing the sale of herbal products restrict what manufacturers can and cannot say about their products. Even with the introduction of new natural health products regulations in Canada, for example, manufacturers are still severely restricted in what they can say about their products. But no such restrictions apply to authors and their books because of traditional freedom of expression laws. For this reason it is always a good idea to get a few books on home herbal remedy use. You will find much more information than can be included on a bottle or package or even in a catalogue. Richters carries many books that we find to be the best, so please check our book selection at:

http://www.richters.com/Web_store/web_store.cgi?page=Books/BooksAB.html

Clivers (also spelled "cleavers") is mainly used for external applications, but internally it is used for stomach and intestinal catarrh and for irritation of intestines and urinary tract. Externally it is a popular remedy for skin problems. Typically the juice of a fresh plant or a tea of the dried leaves are used. The juice or tea are applied daily to the affected areas. This information comes from John Lust’s "The Herb Book" which is currently out-of-print (but used copies should be available). "Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine" is in print and it has very reliable information on how to use herbs also.

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