Latin name: Hedera helix
Ivy creepers grow up to 30 meters long with a permanent green leaves and numerous aerial roots which help it affix on trees and stones. Ivy is solid at its base, and then it starts to crawl. Ivy has green, shiny and leathery leaves. ( You can buy English Ivy plant here: English Ivy 4 Plants — Hardy Groundcover — Great Bonsai ).
Ivy flowers are tiny, gray on the outside and green on inside, gathered in semicircular shield. Ivy is poisonous and has alternate root, which helps it attach on the base on which it climbs, and ivy spreads all over its surface.
Climbing on trees ivy reaches up to 30 meters. Ivy bark is ash-gray and this creeper grows in wet and mellow lands, but it can be also found on rocky and limestone lands. Ivy needs moist air.
Health Benefits Of English Ivy
Ivy leaves consumed in small amounts affects heart and blood vessels. They are used to treat spleen diseases, nose polyps, eye diseases, soft bones, kidney stones and sand, bladder inflammation and candida in women.
It is also used in treating skin diseases, wounds and strophulus in children (it is recommended to add ivy leaves in the bath water). Ivy fruit must be used carefully. Mixing it with parsley and mint can be effective in treating of some internal diseases.
Carefully consumed, ivy tea can be used in treating rheumatic and bile pain, skin cleaning, blood vessel cleansing in patients diagnosed with atherosclerosis, stomach and intestine inflammation, and to regulate menstrual cycle. It is very effective cure for cough, bronchitis and asthma. Sniffling ivy juice in small amounts can be used in treating nose polyps.
Washing your hair with ivy leaves tea every night will help you get rid of dandruff, and drinking this tea will clean your body from all the pesticide poisoning and harmful radiation.
It is not recommended to take more than two tablespoons of crushed ivy leaves when preparing tea.
Ivy tea recipe: soak four fresh ivy leaves or two tablespoons of crushed dry ivy leaves in 35 oz of cold water (1 liter), prepare your tea and filter it immediately. Drink 3.3 oz (1 deciliter) of ivy tea several times a day.
Keep Ivy berries out of small children’s reach and never use these berries to prepare tea.