Other names for the catchweed are: cleavers, clivers, bedstraw, goosegrass, stickyweed, stickybud etc.
There are several species of this plant. Galium aparine, which extends in fields, meadows and by the fence. It reaches a height of 60 to 160 cm, it has leafy leaves and petals of greenish-white flower bushes.
Galium verum appears more often at higher altitudes, stands upright, grows in height to 30 to 60 cm and has golden-yellow flowers, which smells like honey. The flowering plant is harvested in July.
Galium mollugo has yellowish, tender flowers, smells slightly as honey and often encountered on steep slopes and edge of the forests and, while flourishing, they are more in lying than in standing position. All of these types, depending on the habitat, are approximately the same when it comes to healing effect. They are used the same way.
Catchweed tea cleans the kidneys, liver, pancreas and spleen from unhealthy substances. Anyone with a lymph gland disorder should drink this tea every day. It also works against paleness and dropsy. This tea, applied from the outside, helps very quickly in all skin diseases, wounds and acne. In addition, washing with a warm tea tends to tighten the facial skin. The freshly squeezed juice is also used successfully, if it is spread every day on a diseased place on the skin and left to dry.