Ground Ivy

Glechoma Hederacea, Ground-Ivy, Gill-Over-The-Ground, Creeping Charlie, Alehoof, Tunhoof, Catsfoot, Field Balm, Run-Away-Robin.


Widespread in the European part, in the Caucasus, Kazakhstan, and Central Asia. Grows in fields among bushes, on edges, clearings, water meadows, orchards and orchards. Unpretentious, easy to cultivate.


It is a perennial herbaceous plant of the mint family. up to 60 cm long. The stem is tetrahedral, rooting. Flowering shoots ascending, up to 50 cm high.


Leaves petiolate, opposite, reniform or cordate, marginally crenate, covered with sparse hairs. Blooms from April to August. Flowers blue or light purple, bilabiate, irregular shape, collected in several pieces, sitting in the sinuses leaves. The fruit is dry, splitting into 4 nuts. Ripens in June.


The medicinal raw material is the aerial part of the plant. Collect it during the flowering period, cutting off the stems at a height of 5-10 cm from the earth, dry in the sun and dry in the shade, often turning over.


Ready raw materials taste bitter and burning. Keep it closed in glass or cardboard containers for 1 year. Ground Ivy contains essential oil, saponins, resins, choline, vitamin C, tannins and bitter substances.


Plant preparations have anti-sclerotic, choleretic, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, expectorant, antiseptic, wound healing, and anti-cold properties, stimulate appetite, improve digestion, and tones the smooth muscles of the intestines.


Used internally for bronchitis, bronchial asthma, pneumonia, inflammatory processes of the mucous membranes of the stomach and small intestine, kidneys, gallbladder, liver and bladder, tuberculosis, cholelithiasis and urolithiasis, externally with inflammation of the joints, fractures of bones, skin diseases.


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