English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
Also known as English ivy, true ivy, and woodbind, Hedera helix is a native of Europe and South Asia. It is also found in the USA where it is used as a groundcover since it grows and spreads quickly even in shaded areas. In some parts of America however, it is considered an invasive weed.
It has been acclaimed for its antibacterial, anti-rheumatic, astringent, emetic, parasiticide, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, anti-viral, anti-mycotic, anti-thrombin, stimulant, and antioxidant properties.
In ancient times it was used for treating painful joints, swollen tissues, skin eruptions, suppurating wounds, and rheumatism.
It is used in many alternative medicine systems for treating whooping cough, gastro-duodenal ulcers, sunburn, spleen disorders, calluses, scabies, rheumatic diseases, anti-parasites, nerve damage, liver diseases, gout, gallbladder disorders, dysentery, cough, arthritis and as a decongestant.
Hedera helix is safe to use both internally and externally. However, when used internally caution needs to be exercised since it can be toxic taken in excess amounts. It is recommended that when administered internally, the supervision of qualified medical personnel is sought.
The medicinal herb has been approved by the German Commission E for the treatment of bronchitis and cough among others.
1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
When herbs are used for a long period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example, if you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause, if it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause, etc. That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!