Today, ivy leaf is mostly used therapeutically to relieve symptoms that affect the respiratory system – in particular coughs and catarrh (inflammation of the nose and throat with increased production of mucus). But, a deeper knowledge of this plants allows us to make use of its other potent benefits:
Ivy leaves are most commonly used to eliminate respiratory tract congestion and inflammation. They act as an expectorant and can break up the phlegm and mucus in the bronchial system.
By eliminating these breeding grounds for pathogens and bacteria, you can improve your overall health and reduce your healing time from illness. This also makes ivy leaves an effective remedy for allergic reactions, bronchitis, coughs and asthma, as they reduce the inflammation of those passages.
Ivy is one of those rare, gentle yet potent herbs that is proven to be safe for children.
One of the most well-known benefits of using ivy, particularly English Ivy, is for inflammation issues in the body.
If you suffer from arthritis, gout, or rheumatism, you can either consume it in the form of tea, extract, or apply the leaves directly to the spot of inflammation. For people who experience discomfort and pain from an injury or surgery, topical application is recommended. This can heal internal inflammation as well, which has a variety of other benefits for the body.
Early studies showed a link between liver and gallbladder function and the use of ivy leaves; it helps the organs function better and release toxins from the body more effectively, thereby purifying the blood and reducing strain on these crucial systems.
For centuries, people have used ivy leaves to minimize the pain and infection of burns on the skin. This also works for any open sores or wounds, as the leaves have antibacterial properties, as well as the protective saponins. This can also help relieve the discomfort and irritation of psoriasis, eczema, acne, and other skin-related conditions.
Although research is still ongoing, the many properties of ivy leaves have already displayed suggest a significant antioxidant activity, which also means that they can prevent the spread or development of cancer. By eliminating free radicals and preventing mutation and apoptosis, ivy leaves can protect the body from a wide range of chronic diseases, including cancer.
In addition to its antibacterial properties, ivy also has certain anthelmintic and antiparasitic qualities, making it ideal for eliminating intestinal worms and lice. You can clear out your bowels by drinking the tea or extract, or apply it topically to the hair for getting rid of those uncomfortable, itching lice as well.