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The Ivy

Virtues Slimming

(Hedera helix)The plant:
Perennial vine, native to Europe and Asia, now naturalized almost everywhere, including in North America. In the wild, it prefers moist forests where it climbs the trunks of large trees to reach the light.

Virtues :
Ivy is a bitter aromatic herb often used in folk herbal remedies, especially in the treatment of rheumatism and as an external application to skin eruptions, swollen tissue, painful joints, burns and suppurating cuts. Recent research has shown that the leaves contain the compound 'emetine', which is an amoebicidal alkaloid, and also triterpene saponins, which are effective against liver flukes, molluscs, internal parasites and fungal infections. The leaves are antibacterial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, cathartic, diaphoretic, emetic, emmenagogue, stimulant, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, vasodilator and vermifuge.

A decoction of the leaves is used to restore black fabrics and also as a hair rinse to darken the hair. If the leaves are boiled with soda they are a soap substitute for washing clothes.
Hedera helix is approved for cough, bronchitis.

Natural body care from the source


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