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Herbs useful for treating inflammations: Common ivy, sage.

Herb name: Ivy, Hedera helix

herbs - common ivy

Family: Hederaceae

Useful plant parts: Leaves and parts of the stem with flowers

Description: Ivy is a shrub-like plant that often has many roots climbing on trees. It is often thought that ivy damages trees (as mistletoe does), but that isn't quite true. The ivy climbs trees just because there is more light there than on the ground. Ivy leaves are evergreen. The younger leaves have a hairy surface, while the older ones have a smooth surface. On the upper side, the leaves are mostly dark green colored, while the bottom sides have a light green color. The flowers can be green or yellow, collected in round blossoms. From the flowers, dark blue fruits develop (which are poisonous).

Collecting period and locations: Ivy leaves may be picked in any time of the year, although the content of medicinal substances is on the highest level just before blooming (early autumn). Gathered leaves are gradually dried in warm air. As for the locations, ivy is a very common plant and can be easily found in any forest, growing on the trees, or on the ground. It is also not uncommon to notice ivy growing on old walls in urban areas.


Medicinal properties and applications: Ivy is effective as a remedy for bronchitis, asthma and cough. Besides this, it has been proven that the ivy has a positive effect on the heart, which is in recent times more and more explored and used.

Active compounds: Saponins, glycosides, various organic acids and mineral compounds.

Recipe: A tea can be made from ivy by taking one full teaspoon of dried ivy leaves and adding them to 1/4 liter of boiling water. After 10-15 minutes the tea is strained and is then ready.


Herb name: Sage, Salvia officinalis

herbs - sage

Family: Lamiaceae

Useful plant parts: Leaves

Description: Sage is a herb usually high between 20 and 60 cm. In the lower parts, it has somewhat thicker wooden branches, and above them, green and hairy stalks that have a edgy surface are located. Egg-shaped leaves are placed on short petioles, and are grayish-green colored. They are also covered with relatively thick hair. The flowers are purple colored and collected in blooms on the tops of the stems.

Collecting period and locations: Young branches with leaves are picked before the plants start to flower (in late spring) and are dried quickly in a shady, airy and warm place. As for the locations where it can be found, sage is a relatively common plant in warmer regions, especially on the rocky terrain of the Mediterranean.


Medicinal properties and applications: Sage tea is used to treat inflammations of the oral cavity and pharynx. It calms down the body, reduces perspiration and encourages the work of the stomach and intestines. Essential oil from sage has disinfective properties, reduces spasms and it is effective against diarrhea.

Sage can also be added as a spice to many different meals, such as roasted trout, roasted hake, fried sardines, tuna sauce, but also many other.

Active compounds: Essential oils, tannins and flavonoids.

Recipe: Two small spoons of dried leaves of sage are added to 1/4 liter of cold water which is slowly heated until the boiling point. After that, the tea is strained and is ready for use. One should drink 2-3 cups of this tea a day.



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