English Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is a common evergreen climbing vine—of the family Araliaceae.
The succulent berries are sometimes ingested, and the leaves are used medicinally to reduce inflammation (swelling) and to treat breathing conditions.
In folklore medicine, ivy leaf was used for treating benign (noncancerous) warts. Traditional herbalists use ivy today for numerous conditions including respiratory disorders, arthritis, lice, scabies, dysentery, and more.
Ivy leaf is also gaining popularity as a natural cough syrup for kids. In fact, a 2012 study involving 268 children, 0 to 12 years old, discovered that 14 days of treatment with ivy leaf extract (in the form of a cough syrup) was a safe and effective treatment for children with a cough.
Hedera helix was been found to have many health benefits including:
- Antioxidant properties: Helping to remove toxins and protecting the cell from free radical damage
- Antispasmodic properties: Prevents or lowers the incidence of muscle spasms
- Antiallergic effects: Relieves or controls allergic symptoms
- Antitumor activity: Inhibiting the growth of tumors