February 4, 2016

Health Benefits of Ivy | 4 Natural Preparations

Ivy (Hedera helix) is a plant that belongs to one of the oldest decorative plants. 

It had been used for decorating courtyards, walls, parks, but what is specifically binds to ivy, is the fact that berries of ivy are most poisonous parts.


The Historical Story About Ivy


There are three legends of the origin of the word ivy (Hedera), whereby the first commitment comes from ancient Greece, where the word Hedera linked with meaning - surface, ground. 

The other meaning of the word associated with the Celtic, where word Hedera meant rope, because the ivy climbs and hang to the tree or wall. 

The third interpretation was originating from ancient Egypt, where, according to records from the papyrus, ivy regarded as a symbol of durability, strength and desire.

In ancient Greece, people had been much attached to ivy, so  the ivy was linked to the god Osiris, and he was a symbol of immortality. 

The father of medicine, Hippocrates, considered that ivy possess healing properties, but since he could not declare it with medical vocabulary, he was described it like this -  ''in ivy plant, live good spirits and the gods that give it its healing properties''. 

Ivy was also binds to Greek god Dionysus, the god of wine, because along the figures, usually leaf of ivy and grapes went together. 

Also for the god Dionysus is linked belief - leases, as a child, Dionysus was very ill, and healers treated him with ivy. He was saved and returned to life, which why god Dionysus carries the name - Kissos, which means ivy.

Some of the nations were considered ivy as symbol of immortality, because ivy by its nature is a very durable and resistant plant.

In medieval churches, the walls are decorated with ivy leaves, as well as the graves, and some believers in the old century curled bodies of their dead relatives with ivy leaves, thinking they would remain immortal.

For Scandinavians, ivy is symbol of femininity, so they are often planted ivy around houses where there were maidens, to protect them from the evil eye and bad people.

In other nations, ivy had not have good intensions, so they called it devil’s plant, because it was thought that if the house surrounded by growing ivy, every seventh year must take one life from that house.

All in all, throughout history ivy was introduced through its light, healing way, but also it was presented as poisoned, bad and reconsider as demon helper.


What are the characteristics of ivy?


Ivy is a woody liana, which grows upwards and twists around the tree base. There are also varieties of ivy that crawling on the ground.

Ivy flowers are greenish-white and the fruits of ivy are round dark blue berries that have the most toxic material in itself. 

Ivy leaves, depending on the species are dark on one side and on the other side are bright with white and green color.


Ivy is a woody liana, which grows upwards and twists around the base. There are also varieties of ivy that crawling on the ground. Ivy flowers are greenish-white and the fruits of ivy are round dark blue berries that have the most toxic material in itself. Ivy leaves, depending on the species are dark on one side and on the other side are bright with white and green color.


Ivy growth is very slow, but because of it, ivy is a really long-lived plant, even up to 450 years. 

This is plant that withstands a variety of temperature changes and falls in resistant plants.

It is most widespread in Central and Southern Europe, over the Mediterranean, and upward to the Baltic Sea on the north.

What are the Health Benefits of Ivy?


The trials demonstrated that the ivy leaves secrete medicinal substances - saponins and various organic acids, which have a positive effect on the respiratory organs.

Ivy is very well known as natural expectorant, which helps in coughing or in dilutition of the thick mucus from the bronchi. 

When dry cough is present, ivy helps in the elimination of spasm in the bronchi whereby relieves the urge to cough.

Because of its positive and remedial action on the respiratory organs, ivy is used in pharmaceutical formulations, usually in the cough syrups.

Other positive effects of ivy on the body are as follows:

- Strengthens the heart and blood vessels
- Reduces the secretion of vaginal mucus in women
- Leaflets gastritis and enteritis
- Regulates irregular menstruation
- Outside uses for eliminate corns and cellulite
- Healing action in rheumatism, gout, skin diseases
- Curative effect on spleen diseases

Natural Remedies with Ivy


1. Tea of ivy


In the preparation of ivy tea, only leaves of ivy are in use, while ivy berries are strictly prohibited because they are poisonous. 

- Not recommended to take more than 2 tablespoons of grained ivy leaf in proportion to the 32 fl.oz. (1qt / 1 l) of water

- When preparing tea mixtures where is also entering ivy leaf, the rule is to apply exclusively only 1 leaf of ivy to the tea mixture!

- Ivy berries must not be leaved in reach of small children.


For the preparation tea of ivy, it will be necessary to:

- 1 tablespoon dried or fresh ivy leaves
- 1 qt (1 litter) of water

Hot water is poured over the ivy leaves and it will have to stay for a 10 minutes to settle. 

After that, strain the tea and throughout the day rinsed mouth with it. 

On this way tea of ivy is applied when there present diseases like purulent tonsillitis, purulent inflammation of the tooth and other inflammation process in the oral cavity.

With tea from ivy, it can be rinse hair every night if you suffer from dandruff, because ivy effectively removes dandruff.


2. Recipe with ivy to remove corns


Take four fresh ivy leaves and grind them. Grinded leaves put every evening on corn, wrapped with gauze and leaved to stay at least hour. After 7 - 10 days you can remove corns on toes with finger.

Take four fresh ivy leaves and grind them. Grinded leaves put every evening on corn, wrapped with gauze and leaved to stay at least hour. After 7 - 10 days you can remove corns on toes with finger.



3. Vinegar of ivy for skin diseases


It is necessary to finely chop ivy leaves, and filled a bottle or jar halfway. Pour apple vinegar over ivy leaves and let stand in a warm place for 7 days.

After that, strain content through cheesecloth into a new clean bottle.

This natural remedy is effective in skin diseases. Treatment of lubrication skin changes with ivy’s vinegar takes at least 10 days.


4. Powder of ivy for polyps in the nose


Grind dryish leaves of ivy into powder. During 7 days, you will have to sniff this powder into the nose if you have problems with polyps in the nose.