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Edible Plants, Pacific Northwest

Bedstraw, BC Coastal Region
Bedstraw, Photo By Bud Logan

All parts of this plant can be eaten. The plant is prime if collected before fruiting. It is best when cooked and is a good source of vitamin C. Look for it alongside low growing vegetation and disturbed soil sites.

Bedstraw, also known as, grip grass, catch weed and cleavers is a very valuable plant, its a great tonic for the lymph system. As a lymphatic tonic, it may be used safely in a wide range of problems where the lymph system is involved. These include swollen glands anywhere in the body, especially in tonsillitis and adenoid trouble.

It is helpful in skin conditions, works well on psoriasis. It is helpful in the treatment of  urinary conditions where there is pain, and may be combined with urinary demulcents for this purpose. There is also a long tradition for the use of Bedstraw in the effective treatment of ulcers and tumors. For lymph system problems, combine this herb with herb robert. For skin conditions, combine bedstraw with burdock.

It acts directly on the kidneys, its specific action on acute inflammation or irritation of the urinary tract is stronger than most other treatments.

The seeds are a great alternative  for coffee, just gather, dry and roast them, then grind and use as any coffee.

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