Glechoma hederacea, commonly known as ground ivy, is one of the Lamiaceae or Labiatae plant family, the same family of sage and mint. Unlike climbing ivy, a different species, it does not climb on the obstacles but prefers to remain at the ground level. The plant is not toxic and is rich in vitamin C, it helps in case of respiratory problems such as cough or asthma, colds and bronchitis, and is a very powerful tonic. It also has diuretic properties and improves the functionality of the stomach and intestines. For external use, given the healing action, the ground ivy helps in case of burns, wounds or ulcer. It also has an interesting anti-cellulite effect.
Heat a liter of water until it reaches the boil, remove from heat and add a tablespoon of ivy leaves, leave to brew for ten minutes, filter and drink up to 3 cups a day against the seasonal illnesses. In case of sore throat, you can prepare a strong brew by adding to a cup of water five teaspoons of dried leaves, leave to brew for ten minutes. Filter and, once lukewarm, gargle.
Wraps against cellulite
Crushes flowers and leaves and apply on the area to be treated.
Decoction for external use
In case of wounds, sunburns, you can bring to boil a liter of water and two tablespoons of dried or fresh leaves of ground ivy, let it boil for a few minutes, then remove from the heat, filter and once lukewarm apply on the skin.