The leaves can be eaten or applied topically. An extract of ivy is usually used as a potent herbal product. Whether in the form of a tincture, poultice, tea or infusion you should be careful how you use ivy due to the strong antioxidant and chemical components, which are responsible for all the health benefits of ivy, but they can be harmful if used in large quantities. Some of these substances are saponins and many others.
It is possible that the leaves of ivy can cause irritation and itching in direct skin contact, so if you have sensitive skin, treat a small area of the skin to see the reaction. Pregnant women should avoid the use of supplements containing extract of ivy.
Here is how we can use ivy:
1. In addition to its antibacterial properties, ivy also has anthelmintic and antiparasitic properties, making it ideal for removing worms and lice. If you consume ivy leaves, you can clear your bowels. Application of ivy leaves extract on the hair can save you from lice and other parasites.
2. The ivy leaves are commonly used for diseases of the respiratоry system. Ivy acts as an expectorant and frees the lungs of thick secretions. Removing thick secretions reduces the risk of development of pathogenic microorganisms in the respiratory system. This makes the ivy effective remedy аagainst allergic reactions and asthma, as it reduces airway inflammation.
3. The ivy is known for its anti-inflammatory effect. If you suffer from arthritis, gout, rheumatism you can consume ivy leaves tea or apply them directly to the site of inflammation. For people who experience discomfort and pain from trauma or surgery, it is recommended the topical administration of the leaves.
4. For centuries, people have used ivy leaves for pain relieving and reducing the risk of infection in wounds caused by skin burns. Ivy is effective in any type of open wounds. This is due to the antibacterial properties. Ivy leaves can help to alleviate the discomfort and irritation in psoriasis, eczema, acne, and other conditions associated with skin irritation.
5. Tests have shown the connection between the liver and the condition of the gallbladder and the use of ivy leaves. Ivy helps organs to function better and they can cope with the accumulated toxins more efficiently, thereby ivy purifies the blood.