Common ivy

Description: A perennial creeping plant, with a stem clinging to tree trunks by means of adventives roots. Leathery leaves with spikes. Young shoots with star shaped hairs. Greenish yellow flowers grouped in umbel.

Distribution in Kosovo: Grow in woods, creeping up the trees.

Parts used:  Leaves (Hederae folium)

Harvest time: Summer (May-August).

Drying: Is done in the oven at temperatures of up to 50 0C.  Ratio: 5:1.

Therapeutic category: Expectorant, spasmolytic, secretolytic.

Use: Traditionally used to treat cough and chronic respiratory infections.

Preparation and dosage: Recommended 1.5 g of dried leaves to be used twice a day as tea.