Herbs for Healthy Living

Ivy

Also known as:

Hedera helix

Uses:

  • Coughs
  • Chest congestion

Description:

Ivy is a plant which can be found easily in our gardens. It is a climbing plant and it is the leaves which are used medicinally.

What does it do?:

Ivy is an example of a herb which has an expectorant action on the chest. Expectorants loosen the mucus from the tubes of the lungs, encouraging its expulsion and elimination. Often troublesome coughs indicate difficulty in eliminating mucus and a herb such as Ivy, in thinning mucus, helps to clear the chest.

Other information:

Consult a Doctor if blood is present in the mucus.