Ground ivy

Glechoma hederacea

Ground ivy
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Also called gill-over-the-ground, creeping charlie, alehoof, tunhoof, catsfoot, field balm, or run-away-robin. Not to be confused with other ivies or gotu-kola (which has a similar aspect).

The story…

Native to Europe and Asia, ground-ivy has been introduced in North America by settlers and now grows in all the North hemisphere. It grows in shady areas, at forest edges, in coppices and next to living areas.


Ears, nose and throat aera

Ground-ivy dries up the mucous membrane when congested or engorged, when mucus is produced in excessive amount. Use in case of middle ear inflammation or congestion (for example due to a serous otitis); of allergic sinusitis; humid and expectorant allergic asthma (bronchial tubes hypersecretion). Drink as an infusion or diluted tincture.


Infusion (aerial parts): 15 to 30g of dry plant/L, or a small handful of dry plant/cup, 3 to 4 cups per day between the meals. Combine for example with plantago or elderberry flowers for otitis; plantago or Euphrasia for sinusitis.

Tincture: 1 teaspoon, twice a day.


Contraindicated for pregnant or nursing women, and for people taking anticoagulants. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor.

Ground ivy
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