A Return To The Wilderness
Ever since the first of their little tendrils appeared in February, we’ve been gratefully enjoying the abundant spring bounty of ‘goosegrass’ popping up everywhere. Making tinctures, vinegars, soothing balms, adding handfuls to food and drinking daily cleavers ‘juice’.
There are infinite reasons to love cleavers, but my favourite folklore surrounding it’s beautifully ‘clingy nature’ is the link between cleavers and the deer. Their medicine is so beautifully intertwined.
Cleavers is a nervine herb who’s angular form is said to resemble the legs of a deer, and mirror their tender, gentle but determined nature.
In ‘Nature Speak’ a Deer’s medicine whispers of a “ a return to the wilderness”. The beauty that lies in willing to be gentle and vulnerable enough to remember our truly wild nature.
They are the epitome of the strength found within gentleness. Their heightened intuition, lays foundations for their otherwise ‘innocent’ way of viewing the world and their tenderness coupled with their tenacious instinct for survival, makes them them demure, but incredibly wise teachers.
They are known throughout history to have lead great kings, and huntsmen into the woods to ‘get lost’ in magic lands, and wild experiences.
Deer come as a promise and gentle rustling of new adventures.
Just like the deer, for me, cleavers resemble the ‘return to the wilderness’ in so many ways. This plant is tameless, it wildly and unapologetically scrambles it’s way around the hedgerows, woods and gardens of our lives. It is gentle but persevering, just like the deer, and in the same way lures us into nature at just the right time ~ to prepare us for all those promised adventures.
Growing in abundance, and commonly named ‘Kisses’ or ‘Sweetheart’ because it clings to us as if it loves us.
I think it really does, and is so benevolent and generous with it too, it makes me genuinely sad when people refer to it as a weed!
Providing both us and the animals with profound medicine and food, (geese and chickens especially love it) and offering shelter and bedding to it’s deer kin.
When Doe’s have their fawns they are known to choose large patches of cleavers as their sacred space to give birth. Not only is the cleavers soft and gentle on mother and baby, but because it grows up to great heights, disguising their smell, hiding them away and keeping them safe.
Another of cleavers common name’s is ‘bedstraw’, giving comfort and safety to so many of our animal friends.
Cleavers really is a sweetheart!
I always like to think of Cleavers as offering us a gentle, internal ‘spring clean’. Gifting us the medicine we need to ready and prepare ourselves for the richness of the summer months, when days are long and busy.
Working with our waterways, delicately cleansing our bodies of anything that may have built up over the winter. Delicately encouraging our internal currents to push through and flow clean and clear again.
We will be sharing some of our favourite cleavers recipes in our monthly newsletter which will be sent out on the April (pink) full moon.
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Have you had any special deer or cleavers experiences? I would love to know if anyone has seen the deer sleeping in beds of cleavers? I have definitely seen the curve, and imprint of where a deer was sleeping, but never the deer itself.
Do you have any favourite ways you incorporate cleavers into your life?
I would love to hear from you in the comments below, or on this post on our instagram page.
I believe that learning and healing from the plants is our birthright, a remembering. What was second nature to our ancestors, becomes a liberating and empowering form of self healing. If we heal ourselves, we heal the wild from which we came.
The plants are our oldest and wisest ancestors, and we hope that by sharing the journey of our own ramblings down the plant path, you can take steps towards your own.
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