Ground Ivy

Glechoma hederacea is originally from Europe. It is in the Lamiaceae family (Mints). It is considered an invasive plant (although why would anyone consider such a powerful medicinal unwanted???), and grows in most temperate zones, and is one of the first spring plants to flower.

Medicinally, it is a powerhouse! One of it’s very unique properties is Luteolin which is antiviral (modern medicines virtually have nothing that fights viruses), making it very specific for colds and flu. It is also an expectorant, anti inflammatory and antioxidant.

  • Herbalists consider this plant to be specific for Hot/damp (infection) lung conditions. Mucus will be thick, yellow or green.
  • David Winston uses it for infections with persistent coughing (sound like this year’s super cold!) and allergic rhinitis, sinusitis.

I find it very interesting taking Doctrine of Signatures into consideration, the leaflets look a bit like the lung system.

P.S. Topically, Ground Ivy can be made into a poultice for insect bites, bruises, and active herpes lesions.

Ground Ivy Tea for Colds

(Herbalists are fond of using parts instead of specific measurements. Parts are useful way to maintain ratios.)

1p. of dried Ground ivy

1p. Licorice root

1 p. Yarrow flower

1/2p. Chamomile

1/4p. sage

1 Tbs per 6-8 oz of boiling water. Steep 10 minuets, add local wildflower honey. Drink 2-3 times daily while acute.

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