English Ivy is a plant also that also goes by its Latin name Hedera Helix. The green plant can grow up to 30 m. in height and has aerial roots that help it creep stones and trees. It has shiny broad green leaves, which are poisonous if eaten raw. However, although dangerous, when prepared properly, ivy can treat respiratory problems such as asthma, coughs and bronchitis.
Health benefits of English ivy
When consumed in the form of tea in small amounts, the plant can be beneficial for your health. English ivy has been used as treatment of nasal polyps, bladder and kidney inflammation, eye diseases and bone problems. In the past, people used the plant to treat skin disorders and minor wounds. When mixed with mint and parsley, ivy can be used to resolve internal diseases, but it should be consumed carefully.
Used in small amounts, the plant can treat rheumatism and other inflammatory diseases, clean your blood vessels and prevent atherosclerosis, relieve stomach inflammation and regulate your menstrual cycle. It’s also effective against a variety of respiratory problems including asthma, coughs and bronchitis. Sniffing a bit of English ivy juice has been known to relieve nasal polyps.
And the benefits of the plant don’t stop there. Washing your hair with English ivy tea can soothe inflammation in your scalp and clean your body from chemicals and pesticides. When preparing the tea, it’s not recommended to use more than 2 tablespoons of dry ivy leaves. They should be boiled in about a liter of water, and you should drink no more than 3 oz. of the tea per day. If you’re growing ivy in your home, it’s best to keep the berries and leaves out of your children’s or pet’s reach, as they are poisonous and can cause serious problems.
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