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« on: August 04, 2017, 04:36:03 am »
It has a nauseating taste and is bitter, while the leaves smell quite pleasant and are used for their antibacterial
properties. It lowers fever, is expectorant, constricts veins and relaxes spasms.
It contains bidesmosidic saponins of oleanolic acid, hederagenin and bayogenin (hederasaponins), phenolics and polyacetylenes (falcarinone and 11-dehydrofalcarinol).

Therapeutic uses

Internal use
Ivy is used internally for gout, rheumatic pain, whooping cough and bronchitis.

External use
Extracts of the wood are mostly used in cosmetics and for external use, and for treating burns, warts, impetigo, skin eruptions, neuralgia, swollen joints, toothache and cellulite.
Ivy has topical anti-fungal, anthelmintic, molluscicidal, anti-mutagenic, as well as cellulite control properties.
Topical applications of ivy-based products are often used in anti-cellulite and weight loss preparations.
It has emollient and itch-relieving properties, as well as anti-inflammatory and pain killing actions - provided by the saponins and flavonoids.
Its other major topical action is that of a circulatory compound, which helps other ingredients to be absorbed by the skin, as well as assisting with the removal of waste products from the skin.

Safety precautions and warnings
Excess internal use can destroy red blood cells and causes irritability, diarrhea and vomiting.
The internal use of this herb is best left to qualified medical practitioners only.
Fresh plant material can be an allergen and may irritate the skin.


English ivy is primarily for external use; as a wash for sores, burns, cuts, dandruff, and other skin problems.
In the right quantity, this herb will reduce swollen glands, calm fevers, and cure dropsy.

Ointment: for external use; the pulped leaf soothes stiff joints and aching muscles.  Also the fresh crushed leaves rubbed on the site are said to be effective against the pain of bee or wasp stings.
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Formulas or Dosages

The whole plant, including the berries, is poisonous.  Use only under medical supervision.

Cold extract: use 1 tsp. leaves with 1 cup cold water; let stand for 8 hours.  Use only externally.

Tincture: gather ivy leaves and cut off some of the green bark, then pass them all through a mincer.  Pour alcohol (not rubbing alcohol) over the mash and let it stand for a week or so.  When ready, press through a sieve, filter and bottle.  A few drops of this tincture rubbed lightly on a sting will quickly relieve the pain.

Compresses: made with salt water to which a few drops of ivy tincture is added.  Also good for poison ivy.