Yellow Bedstraw Benefits

The exuberant flowers of the yellow bedstraw have a delicate scent that resembles that of honey. According to the advice of Gallen, these flowers have been used for more than 20 centuries to curdle milk (Greek gala/galaktos). Exquisite cheese like Chester is still made with it.

yellow bedstraw benefits

Yellow Bedstraw Scientific Facts

  1. Scientific Name – Gallum verum L.
  2. Other Names – Gaillet.
  3. Spanish – Galio.
  4. Environment – Common in forests and meadows all over Europe, it has been naturalized in many regions of America.
  5. Description – Vivacious plant of the Rubiaceae family, growing from 20 to 80 cm high, with small yellow flowers growing in terminal clusters.
  6. Parts of the plant used medicinally – The seeds.

Healing Properties

The whole plant contains asperulosid, flavonic, and coumaric glycosides and small amounts of a milk enzyme whose action is enhanced by the plant’s citric and tannic acids. Its properties are as follows:


Yellow bedstraw is similar to another plant of the same botanical family, cleavers (Galium aparine L.), though the latter cannot curdle milk.

How to use Yellow Bedstraw

  1. Infusion with 10 to 20 grams of plant per liter of water. Drink up to three cups daily.
  2. Compresses soaked in a slightly more concentrated infusion (30 to 40 per liter), then applied to the affected skin area.


George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. Vols. 1 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 361. Print.

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