English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
Hedera helix, also known as common ivy, gum ivy, lierre, try ivy, is an evergreen vine that tends to grow by climbing up other trees and structures and 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.
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.
◉ 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 an extended 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.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, 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 every 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!