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Tact Ivy Oil

Ivy oil to treat ailments and problems, such as coughs, spastic bronchitis, chronic catarrh of the respiratory tract and for increasing circulation. It is also used for toxic water retentive problems such as cellulite

Description of the herb ivy

Ivy is a well-known creeper, which clings to surfaces by its adventitious roots. It has yellow-green flowers, which bloom from August to October and are followed by berries

Parts used 

The leaves and woody stems can be used

Properties

It has a nauseating taste and is bitter, while the leaves smell quite pleasant and are used for their antibacterial properties. It lowers fever, is expectorant, constricts veins and relaxes spasms

It contains bidesmosidic saponins of oleanolic acid, hederagenin and bayogenin (hederasaponins), phenolics and polyacetylenes (falcarinone and 11-dehydrofalcarinol).

Therapeutic uses

Internal use

Ivy oil is used internally for gout, rheumatic pain, whooping cough and bronchitis

External use

Ivy oil is mostly used in cosmetics and for external use, and for treating burns, warts, impetigo, skin eruptions, neuralgia, swollen joints, toothache and cellulite

Ivy has topical anti-fungal, anthelmintic, anti-mutagenic, as well as cellulite control properties

Topical applications of ivy-based products are often used in anti-cellulite and weight loss preparations

It has emollient and itch-relieving properties, as well as anti-inflammatory and pain killing actions - provided by the saponins and flavonoids

Its other major topical action is that of a circulatory compound, which helps other ingredients to be absorbed by the skin, as well as assisting with the removal of waste products from the skin

Safety precautions and warnings

Excess internal use can destroy red blood cells and causes irritability, diarrhea and vomiting

The internal use of this herb is best left to qualified medical practitioners only